Published: Fri, July 07, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

USA to sell Patriot missiles to Poland

USA to sell Patriot missiles to Poland

Presiden Trump addressed a large crowd in Warsaw Thursday, where he promised to stand firmly behind NATO's Article 5, defending Poland and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, after refusing to endorse that language in May.

With the same temperament, the American president took advantage of his brief 16-hour visit to whip North Korea and even put up a threat: "I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior", he said, echoing the proposal announced yesterday by the USA government to institute new sanctions from the UN against Pyongyang. Everyone else is getting rich. "So when you buy and as you buy military equipment, hopefully you'll be thinking only of the United States".

Many in the crowd, which Warsaw police estimated at 15,000, said they had come from distant cities and towns in buses organized by the country's populist ruling Law and Justice party.

"Ever since the fall of Communism in 1989, all USA presidents and vice-presidents visiting Warsaw had made a point of visiting the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto", the statement read. "They are behaving in a very, very risky manner".

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Speaking in front of a monument to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, Trump lavished praise on his Polish hosts and hailed their fight for freedom from Nazi and Communist rule.

"So when I say that the stock market is at an all-time high, we've picked up in market value nearly $4 trillion since November 8, which was the election", the president said during a stop in Warsaw, Poland.

Duda said the visit will have a "historical" nature and Trump's speech in a downtown Warsaw square will be "not only for Poland, but for the whole world".

The Trump team knew its audience in Poland-supporters of the populist, right-wing government, a group that is devoutly Catholic, EU-skeptical, and includes a deeply nationalistic cohort. America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another. Trump used the word "prevail" six times during his speech, five in reference to Poland as a nation that always rises up from the ashes.

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Together, with Pope John Paul II, the Poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to God.

Poland's relationship with God.

If President Trump wants to follow through on some of the ideas in the speech, he will need support within the USA that goes far beyond his electoral base. If he wants to make bold foreign policy happen, part of that task requires winning over the hearts and minds of larger parts of the American electorate than the people who like him, regardless of what he does.

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