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President Trump Addressing Crowd In Poland; Trump: Our Borders Will Always Be Closed To Terrorism; President Trump: Bond Between U.S. And Europe As Strong As Ever. Aired 7:30-8a ET
Aired July 6, 2017 - 07:30 ET
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[07:30:00] DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A vibrant Jewish population, the largest in Europe, was reduced to almost nothing after the Nazis systematically murdered millions of Poland's Jewish citizens along with countless others during that brutal occupation.
In the summer of 1944, the Nazi and Soviet armies were preparing for a terrible and bloody battle right here in Warsaw. Amid that hell on earth, the citizens of Poland rose up to defend their homeland. I am deeply honored to be joined on stage today by veterans and heroes of the Warsaw uprising.
What great spirit. We salute your noble sacrifice and we pledge to always remember your fight for Poland and for freedom. Thank you, thank you.
This monument reminds us that more than 150,000 Poles died during that desperate struggle to overthrow oppression. From the other side of the river, the Soviet Armed Forces stopped and waited. They watched as the Nazis ruthlessly destroyed the city, viciously murdering men, women, and children. They tried to destroy this nation forever by shattering its will to survive, but there is a courage and a strength deep in the Polish character that no one could destroy.
The Polish martyr, Bishop Michal Kozal, said it well. "More horrifying than a defeat of arms is a collapse of the human spirit."
Through four decades of Communist rule, Poland and the othercaptive nations of Europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom, your faith, your laws, yourhistory, your identity. Indeed, the very essence of your culture and your humanity. Yet, through it all, you never lost that spirit.
Your oppressors tried to break you but Poland could not be broken.
(APPLAUSE) And when the day came on June 2nd, 1979, and one million Poles gathered around Victory Square for their very first mass with their Polish Pope, that day, every communist in Warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down.
They must have known it at the exact moment during Pope John Paul II's sermon when a million Polish men, women, and children suddenly raised their voices in a single prayer. A million Polish people did not ask for wealth, they did not ask for privilege. Instead, one million Poles saying three simple words, "We want God."
In those words, the Polish people recalled the promise of a better future. They found new courage to face down their oppressors and they found the words to declare that Poland would be Poland once again.
As I stand here today before this incredible crowd, this faithful nation, we can still hear those voices that echo through history. Their message is as true today as ever. The people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out, "We want God."
[07:35:02] Together, with Pope John Paul II, the Poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to God. And with that powerful declaration of who you are, you came to understand what to do and how to live. You stood in solidarity against oppression, against a lawless secret police, against a cruel and wicked system that impoverished your cities and your souls, and you won. Poland prevailed. Poland will always prevail.
TRUMP: Thank you. You were supported in that victory over communism by a strong alliance of free nations in the West that defied tyranny. Now among the most committed members of the NATO alliance, Poland has resumed its place as a leading nation of a Europe that is strong, whole, and free. A strong Poland is a blessing to the nations of Europe and they know that. A strong Europe is a blessing to the West and to the world.
One hundred years after the entry of American forces into World War I, the transatlantic bond between the United States and Europe is as strong as ever and maybe, in many ways, even stronger. This continent no longer confronts the specter of communism.
But today we're in the West and we have to say there are dire threats to our security and to our way of life. You see what's happening out there. They are threats. We will confront them, we will win, but they are threats.
TRUMP: We are confronted by another oppressive ideology, one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another. We're going to get it to stop.
During a historic gathering in Saudi Arabia, I called on the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations to join together to drive out this menace which threatens all of humanity. We must stand united against these shared enemies to strip them of their territory, and their funding, and their networks, and any form of ideological support that they may have.
While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind.
TRUMP: We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism and we will prevail. We cannot accept those who reject our values and who use hatred to justify violence against the innocent. Today, the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence, and challenge our interests to meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes, and cyber warfare. We must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields.
[07:40:05] We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes, including Syria and Iran and to, instead, join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.
Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger, one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles, the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.
Americans, Poles, and nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith, and tradition that make us who are.
If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit, and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies. But just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned here in Poland, we know that these forces, too, are doomed to fail if we want them to fail. And we do, indeed, want them to fail.
They are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, our countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched, through all of that, you have to say everything is true. Our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are and if we don't forget who we are, we just can't be beaten.
Americans will never forget. The nations of Europe will never forget. We are the fastest and the greatest community. There is nothing like our community of nations. The world has never known anything like our community of nations.
We write symphonies, we pursue innovation, we celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore or discover brand new frontiers. We reward brilliance, we strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.
We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith in family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of lives and we debate everything, we challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves.
And, above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are. Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization.
What we have, what we inherited from our -- and you know this better than anybody and you see it today with this incredible group of people. What we've inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before and if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again, so we cannot fail.
This great community of nations has something else in common. In every one of them it is the people, not the powerful, who have always formed the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense. The people have been that foundation here in Poland, as they were right here in Warsaw, and they were the foundation from the very, very beginning in America. [07:45:17] Our citizens did not win freedom together, did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. We did not and we will not. We will never back down.
TRUMP: As long as we know our history we will know how to build our future. Americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign, and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests.
That is why my administration has demanded that all members of NATO finally meet their full and fair financial obligation. As a result of this insistence, billions of dollars more have begun to pour into NATO. In fact, people are shocked, but billions and billions of dollars more coming in from countries that, in my opinion, would not have been paying so quickly.
To those who would criticize our tough stance I would point out that the United States has demonstrated, not merely with words but with its actions, that we stand firmly behind Article Five, a mutual defense commitment.
Words are easy but actions are what matters, and for its own protection, Europe -- and you know this -- everybody knows this -- everybody has to know this -- Europe must do more. Europe must demonstrate that it believes in its future by investing its money to secure that future.
That is why we applaud Poland for its decision to move forward this week on acquiring from the United States the battle-tested Patriot air and missile defense system, the best anywhere in the world. That is also why we salute the Polish people for being one of the NATO countries that has actually achieved the benchmark for investment in our common defense.
Thank you. Thank you, Poland. I must tell you the example you set is truly magnificent and we applaud Poland. Thank you.
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?
We can have the largest economies and the most lethal weapons anywhere on earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values then we will be weak and we will not survive.
If anyone forgets the critical importance of these things let them come to one country that never has. Let them come to Poland, and let them come here to Warsaw and learn the story of the Warsaw Uprising.
When they do, they should learn about Jerusalem Avenue. In August of 1944, Jerusalem Avenue was one of the main roads running east and west through the city, just as it is today. Control of that road was crucially important to both sides in the battle for Warsaw.
[07:50:13] The German military wanted it as their most direct route to move troops and to form a very strong front. And for the Polish home army, the ability to pass north and south across that street was critical to keep the center of the city and the uprising itself from being split apart and destroyed.
Every night, the Poles put up sandbags amid machine gun fire -- and it was horrendous fire -- to protect a narrow passage across Jerusalem Avenue. Every day the enemy forces knocked them down, again and again and again, then the Poles dug a trench. Finally, they built a barricade and the brave Polish fighters began to flow across Jerusalem Avenue.
That narrow passageway, just a few feet wide, was the fragile link that kept the uprising alive. Between its walls, a constant stream of citizens and freedom fighters made their perilous -- just perilous sprints. They ran across that street, they ran through that street, they ran under that street, all to defend the city.
The far side was several yards away, recalled one young Polish woman named Greta. That mortality and that life was so important to her. In fact, she said the mortally dangerous sector of the street was soaked in blood. It was the blood of messengers, liaison girls, and couriers.
Nazi snipers shot at anybody who crossed. Anybody who crossed, they were being shot. Their soldiers burned every building on the street and they used the Poles as human shields for their tanks in their effort to capture Jerusalem Avenue.
The enemy never ceased its relentless assault on that small outpost of civilization and the Poles never ceased its defense. The Jerusalem Avenue passage required constant protection, repair, and reinforcement, but the will of its defenders did not waver, even in the face of death. And to the last days of the uprising the fragile crossing never, ever failed. It was never, ever forgotten. It was kept open by the Polish people.
The memories of those who perished in the Warsaw Uprising cry out across the decades and few are clearer than the memories of those who died to build and defend the Jerusalem Avenue crossing. Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots. That each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense.
And that every foot of ground and every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life. Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield, it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital and demand no less defense than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested.
Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory. And today, as ever, Poland is in our heart and its people are in that fight.
Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today, for the world to hear, that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph.
[07:55: 10] TRUMP: Thank you.
So, together, let us all fight like the Poles for family, for freedom, for country, and for God. Thank you, God bless you, God bless the Polish people, God bless our allies, and God bless the United States of America. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you very much.
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VOICE OF CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: The president getting a standing ovation in Warsaw, Poland. He just gave an effusively praising speech of the Polish people and their experience, talking a lot about the history of where he stands now in Krasinski Square, talking about the Warsaw Uprising and using it as a metaphor for the community in Europe to face the current struggles of today.
VOICE OF POPPY HARLOW, CNN ANCHOR: He also talked about threats that face the United States, calling them dire threats to our security and our way of life. That will we confront and we will win.
And an important note when it comes to Article Five, the Mutual Protection and Defense clause of the NATO agreement. For the first time, he really said the U.S. stands firmly with Article Five, Mutual Protection and Defense. Remember, he omitted that. He did not say that when he was at that NATO meeting earlier this summer.
VOICE OF CUOMO: He did say it. He also called out Russia and urged Russia to cease destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support of hostile regimes.
He talked about terror and extremism and, eventually, did call it radical Islamic terrorism. But he was light on that phrase in this speech and we'll discuss why.
Let's go to Jeff Zeleny. He was the scene. The crowd seemed very engaged and the president very praising of the Polish people andtheir experience.
VOICE OF JEFF ZELENY, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris and Poppy.
The crowd was, indeed, engaged by this very interesting speech that President Trump delivered here and really sounding some of the themes that he, of course, has been talking about so much in the United States, but by weighing in, essentially, more deeply than he ever has before here on foreign soil about the immigration controversy sweeping the world. He is bringing his America First -- his Western First agenda, if you will, here to the crowds of Poland.
But take a listen to one moment where he called this a dire threat facing the West.
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TRUMP: There are dire threats to our security and to our way of life. You see what's happening out there. They are threats. We will confront them, we will win, but they are threats.
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ZELENY: Now, by saying that directly, you see what's happening out there. That is a phrase we heard President Trump say as candidate Trump. He went on to talk specifically about immigration. And, Chris and Poppy, as you know, that is a controversial issue he is weighing in here on in Europe. When he faces his crowd of world leaders at the G20 later today in Germany, that is a central controversial issue here.
But the president defending his own travel ban in spirit and, in fact, saying that the survival of the West depends on this moment in time here. He drew many parallels to history. I would argue it's one of the more sweeping, deeper speeches he's given, certainly in this setting here against that -- the backdrop of the Warsaw Uprising here.
But even though this speech was well-received her, I can tell you as he travels along throughout the rest of this trip his tough immigration message not well-received in other parts of Europe here and, of course, the challenges with Russia certainly remain. But we should point out he did talk about fighting Russian aggression here. We'll see what he brings up tomorrow when he meets with Vladimir Putin in Germany -- Chris and Poppy.
HARLOW: Indeed, his words "our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind" you saw play very well with that crowd, very well with President Duda who shares a lot of his worldview and thinking.
However, Ambassador Burns, that will not play well at the G20 with some key leaders in key meetings he's having, such as with Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
AMBASSADOR NICHOLAS BURNS, FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL, FORMER AMBASSADOR TO NATO, FORMER U.S. UNDERSECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS: Oh, I think that's right. He made all the right references to Polish history. He spoke to a lot of the values of this right-wing Polish government -- the populist values.
That was an effective part of the speech for the audience in Poland, but there was the veiled criticism of the European Union, the attacks on immigration, and frankly, he spent more time lecturing the NATO countries on their lack of defense spending than he did in confirming Article Five. It took him six months to do that.
I fear that what he's set himself up to do, he's almost appearing as the critic of the West -- of its major institutions NATO and the E.U. -- rather than as a uniter. It played well with this crowd in Poland.