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Trump at UN: I didn't expect that reaction
00:58 - Source: CNN
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President Donald Trump praised Poland for its independence at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, a day after the European Commission decided to sue Warsaw for violating the independence of its judiciary.

“In Poland, a great people are standing up for their independence, their security, and their sovereignty,” Trump said during his speech in New York. Trump made his remarks a week after saying that the US is considering placing a permanent military base in Poland and the country’s president proposed naming it “Fort Trump” in his honor.

Trump’s praise came a day after the EU referred Warsaw to the European Court of Justice over its government’s apparent violation of its Supreme Court’s judicial independence. It is the latest step that has widened the distance between Poland and the rest of Europe, as Warsaw’s populist ruling Law and Justice Party has pursued policies that critics say undermine democracy.

The government has more than once stepped in to shape the country’s courts, violating the constitution to do so in 2015. It has taken over the state broadcaster and fired journalists, and for a while, adopted a law that forbade blaming Poland for any crimes committed during the Holocaust.