Trump lands in Poland and marks distance with Putin

Michele Moreno
July 7, 2017

At a news conference in Warsaw, Trump commented on North Korea's recent missile test and called for the world to confront the country.

Trump arrived in Poland late Wednesday for a series of meetings before heading to a Group of 20 summit meeting in Germany.

What was the difference in the diverging remarks?

Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Awl and European leaders attended the speech, according to ABC News. "It's one thing to read paeans to free speech and the rule of law off a teleprompter", Democratic consultant David Axelrod tweeted.

Donald Trump says the future of Western civilisation is at stake as the US President affirmed his commitment to NATO's Article 5 during a speech in central Warsaw.

Trump's own staff appears to be anxious that unscripted Trump could cause problems in that meeting, given that Trump is facing an FBI investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation and has thus far not categorically condemned Putin's election meddling.

On the sidelines of the G20 gathering of leaders, Trump will also meet face-to-face with Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday for the first time in a closely watched meeting amid accusations of Russian meddling in United States elections.

Trump was also asked about the CNN wrestling GIF controversy in an exchange during which he called CNN, once again, "fake news". Before his speech, Trump will attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit, created to boost energy independence in Eastern Europe.

"As the Polish experience reminds us, the defence of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail".

"They have been fake news for a long time".

Trump, however, offered no mention of Polish democracy concerns, unlike President Barack Obama's visit to Warsaw for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit nearly exactly a year ago.

He added, "I think it could very well have been Russian Federation but I think it well could have been other countries and I won't be specific". Every U.S. president since Harry Truman in 1949 has pledged to honor the policy that an attack on an alliance nation is an attack on all of them. He argued variably that it could have been Russia, probably was Russia and indeed was Russia, while insisting it could have been other countries, too, and adding: "I won't be specific".

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