TRUMP: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.”

  • From Trump’s text: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. … Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield — it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls.”

In Warsaw this morning, President Trump delivered what the White House sees as one of the most important speeches of his presidency. He didn’t identify himself with the nationalist populist ruling party in Poland, but has something grander in mind. The president presented himself as the leader of the West during an address to thousands of Poles in a public square. Trump’s team, led by senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, saw an opportunity to use the story of the Polish resistance as the setting for a new rallying cry to Western civilization.


“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. … Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield — it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls… Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to counter 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 we are. I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization.”

More from the speech:

“Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to counter 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 we are.

“I am here today not just to visit an old ally, but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. … 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.”

 

 

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