President Donald Trump, his wife, Melania, and daughter Ivanka, arrived in Poland to a warm welcome on July 5 in advance of the G20 Summit.
On July 6, Trump told the Polish people: “As the Polish experience reminds us, defence of the west rests not only on means but the will of people to prevail. The fundamental question is whether the West has the will to survive.” The president mentioned threats from Russia and North Korea.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, was also along on the trip, which was the president’s second foreign trip.
According to NBC News, Trump was “greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones and his wife, as well as Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski and Minister of State Krzysktof Szczerski, before loading into the motorcade.”
Melania Trump wore a green coat with scarf. On July 6, she gave a speech, in which she said, “As many of you know, a main focus of my husband’s presidency is safety and security of the American people. I think all of us can agree people should be able to live their lives without fear, no matter what country they live in. That is my wish for all of us around the world.”
Ivanka Trump wore a red suit.
The president gave a speech to the Polish people on July 6 in Krasinski Square, NBC reported, likely commemorating Polish courage during World War II.
The square commemorates “a 1944 anti-Nazi uprising, one of the country’s most important historical chapters,” Politico reports.
Trump is expected to receive a warm welcome in Poland, which is run by a “populist, nationalist” government, according to The Washington Post. The Post reported that Trump’s choice of Poland to start his foreign trip is regarded as a “snub” at the EU.
The Polish government is conservative, and Trump chose Poland as his first stop over “more powerful American allies like Germany, France or Britain,” The New York Times reported. The Polish will be watching for whether Trump “reaffirms the United States’ commitment to respond to an attack on another NATO member,” according to The New York Times.
After the Polish trip, Trump will head to Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit. There, Trump will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom there have been tensions. He also may sit down for a much anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among the topics on the agenda at the G20: “Trade, climate and migration,” according to CNN.
In contrast to the warm reception in Warsaw, Trump is expected to find protests in Hamburg.
“The United States made some of the worst Trade Deals in world history,” Trump tweeted before leaving for Poland. “Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?”
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