Trump delivers “Reaganesque” speech in Warsaw

Last Thursday in Warsaw, Poland, President Trump delivered one of the most inspiring and iconic speeches of his presidency to the people of Poland. It was a powerful message of the unity and strength in our shared Western values.

Poland, a strong and loyal NATO ally, was the president’s first stop on his latest international trip. The president addressed the Poles just before attending the G20 Summit in Germany.

In this address, President Trump stated:

We have to remember that our defense is not just a commitment of money, it is a commitment of will.  Because as the Polish experience reminds us, the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have.  The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.  Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?  Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?  Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?

According to Heritage’s leading expert on transatlantic relations, Nile Gardiner, President Trump’s recent trip was a success. He notes that Trump has soundly rejected “the disastrous ‘leading from behind’ approach of his predecessor,” and that during this trip he successfully advanced the following themes:

  • A robust defense of Western civilization, NATO, and the transatlantic alliance,
  • A determination to stand up and defeat those forces that threaten the West,
  • A firm belief in the principles of national sovereignty and self-determination, and
  • A commitment to key bilateral partnerships that advance U.S. interests and strengthen the free world.

Gardiner goes on to describe President Trump’s address:

His speech in Warsaw’s Krasinski Square on Thursday was by far the best he has given so far on the international stage. Trump’s Warsaw address, which was a powerful defense of Western civilization and the values that underpin it, was one of the most significant foreign policy speeches delivered by a U.S. leader since the days of Ronald Reagan.

Read Gardiner’s full analysis of Trump’s latest international trip >>

Regarding President Trump’s involvement in the actual speechwriting process, a New York Times article reports:

Mr. Trump labored for hours on the wording in the address — widely praised as one of his most ideologically coherent by the conservative press … The speech had the sledgehammer directness of a Trump campaign address … It was the president himself who inserted the element of defiance, dictating the line “The West will never be broken!” to Mr. Miller, according to a senior White House official involved in the process.

Watch President Trump’s full address below:

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