US President Donald Trump delivers a speech in Krasinski Square, with a backdrop of the monument commemorating the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis, in Warsaw, Poland.
US President Donald Trump delivers a speech in Krasinski Square, with a backdrop of the monument commemorating the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis, in Warsaw, Poland. Alik Keplicz

Trump says West needs will to survive

DONALD Trump has questioned whether the West "has the will to survive”, while lashing out at a range of threats from Islamic State to Russia in a speech before the G20 summit.

The US President began his four-day trip to Europe in the Polish capital of Warsaw, speaking in front of 10,000 people at Krasinski Square.

"The defence of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail,” he said.

"The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.

"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.

"The people of Poland, the people of America, and the people of Europe still cry out 'We want God'.”

Speaking in a country alarmed by Moscow's increasing military assertiveness, Mr Trump hit out at Russia, just a day before his highly anticipated first face-to-face talks with Vladimir Putin at the G20.

"We urge Russia to cease its destabilising 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 defence of civilisation itself,” he said. - Tory Shepherd

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