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president trump was in poland where he delivered an address in the historic square in -- he was introduced by first lady melania trump three at this is about -- melania trump. this is about 45 minutes.
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>> thank you very much. my husband and i have enjoyed visiting your beautiful country. i would like to say to the for your thank you warm welcome and generous hospitality. visitthe opportunity to the copernicus science center and found it not only but thoughtful. to inspire people to observe an experiment, ask questions and seek answers. i can think of no better purpose for a wonderful science center. involved inr all giving us the tour.
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know, a mainu focus of my husband's presidency is the safety and security of the american people. us can agreef people should be little live their lives without here, no matter what country they live in. that is my wish for all of us around the world. thank you again for this wonderful welcome to your very special country. your kindness and gracious hospitality will not be forgotten. now it is my honor to introduce the presidentand,
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of the united states, donald j. trump. president trump: thank you very much, that's so nice. the united states has many great diplomats but there is truly no better ambassador for our country than our beautiful first lady melania. we have come to your nation to deliver an important message. poland and america loves the polish people. the polls have not only
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increased -- not only greatly enriched this reach an -- this region, they have greatly enriched the united states. i was truly proud to have their support in the 2016 election. it is a profound honor to stand to the war sir uprising and to a dress the polish nation that so many generations have dreamed of. strong, that is safe, and free. the president and your wonderful us withdy have welcomed a tremendous warmth and kindness in which poland is known around the world.
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i sincerely think both of them are veryrime minister special thanks also. we are pleased that the former has joined the solidarity movement. thank you. on behalf of all americans let the entire polish people for the generosity you have shown in welcoming our soldiers to your country. the soldiers are not only praise defenders of freedom and symbols
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of america's commitment and security and a strong and democratic europe. we are proudly joined onstage by american polish, british, and romanian soldiers. great job. just come from in incredibly successful meeting with leaders participating in the three c's initiative. america is eager to expand partnership with you. welcome stronger ties of trade and commerce as you grow your economy and we are committed to securing your access to alternate sources of poland and its
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neighbors are never again held hostage through a single supplier of energy. mr. president i congratulate you along with the president of on your leadership of this historic initiative. thank you. this is my first visit to central europe as president. thrilled we can be right here in this magnificent piece of land. poland is the geographic heart. we see the soul of europe.
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your nation is great because your spirit is great. and your spirit is strong. for two centuries poland suffered constant and brutal attacks. while poland could be invaded and occupied and its borders even erased from the map, it could never be erased from history. or from your hearts. in those dark days you have lost your land but never have lost your pride. it is with this true admiration i can say from the farms and villages of your countryside to the cut each rules and squares
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of your great cities, poland prospers and poland prevails. [applause] president trump: despite every effort to transform you or oppress you or destroy you, you overcame. you are the proud nation of copernicus, think of that. [applause] president trump: chopin, saint john paul ii, poland is a land of great heroes. [applause] president trump: and you are a people who know the true value of what you defend. the triumph of the polish spirit, over centuries of hardship, give us all hope for a future in which good conquers
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evil and peace achieves victory over war. for americans, poland has been a symbol of hope since the beginning of our nation. polish heroes and american patriots fought side-by-side in our war of independence and in many wars that followed. our soldiers still served together today in afghanistan and iraq, combating the enemies of all civilization. for america's part, we have never given up on freedom and independence as the right and destiny of the polish people, and we never, ever will. [applause] president trump: our two countries share a bond for spy
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histories and national characters. it is a fellowship that exists only between people that have fought, blood and died for freedom. the signs of this friendship stand in our nations capital. just steps from the white house, we have raised statutes of men with names like polansky. [applause] president trump: the same is true in warsaw, where street signs carry the name of george washington, and a monument stands to one of the world's greatest heroes, ronald reagan. [applause] president trump: i'm here today, not just to visit an old ilife -- old ally, but to hold as an
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example to others you desire freedom and want to summon the will to defend our civilization. [applause] president trump: the story of poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken and who have never, ever forgotten who they are. [applause] [chanting] president trump: thank you so much, thank you. thank you so much. a great honor. this is a nation more than 1000 years old. your borders were erased for
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more than a century and only restored just one century ago. in 1920, poland stopped the soviet army bent on european conquest. [applause] president trump: then, 19 years later in 1939 you were invaded yet again, this time by nazi germany from the west, and the soviet union from the east. that is trouble. that is tough. under a double occupation, the polish people endured evil beyond description. the cat and forest massacre, the occupations, the holocaust, the warsaw ghetto and the warsaw ghetto uprising, the destruction of this beautiful capital city
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and the deaths of nearly one in five polish people. a vibrant jewish population, the largest in europe, was reduced to almost nothing after the nazis systematically murdered millions of poland's jewish citizens along with countless others during that brutal occupation. in the summer of 1944, the nazi and soviet armies were preparing for a terrible and bloodied battle right here in warsaw. amid that how on earth, -- that hell on earth, citizens of poland rose up to defend their homeland. i am deeply honored to be joined on stage today by veterans and heroes of the warsaw uprising. [applause] [chanting]
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president trump: what great spirit. we salute your noble sacrifice and pledge to always remember your fight for poland and freedom. thank you, thank you. this monument reminds us that 150,000 poles died. during the desperate struggle to overthrow oppression. from the other side of the river, the soviet armed forces stopped and waited. they watched as the nazis ruthlessly destroyed the city, viciously murdering men, women
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and children. they tried to destroy this nation forever by shattering its will to survive but there is a courage and a strength deep in the polish character that no one could destroy. a polish martyr said it well, more horrifying than a defeat of arms is a collapse of the human spirit. through four decades of communist rule, poland and the other captive nations of europe endured a brutal campaign to demolish freedom, your faith, your laws, your history, your identity, indeed, the very essence of your culture and your humanity, yet through it all, you never lost that spirit. [applause]
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president trump: your oppressors tried to break you but poland could not be broken. and when the day came on june 2, 1979, and 1 million poles gathered around victory square for their very first mass with their polish pope, that day every communist in warsaw must have known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down. they must have known it at the exact moment during pope john paul ii's sermon when a million polish women and children raised their voices in a single prayer. 1 million polish people did not ask for wealth. do they did not ask for privilege.
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instead, they sang three simple words, we want god. [applause] president trump: in those words, the polish people recalled the promise of a better future. they found new courage to face down their oppressors and they found the words to declare that poland would be poland once again. as i stand here today before this incredible crowd, this faithful nation, we can still hear those voices that echo through history, their message is as true today as ever. the people of poland, the people of america and the people of europe still cry out, we want god. together with pope john paul ii, the poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to
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god, and with that powerful declaration of who you are, you came to understand what to do and how to live. you stood in solidarity against oppression, against a lawless secret police, against the cruel and wicked system that impoverished your cities and your souls and you won, poland prevailed, poland will always prevail. [chanting] [applause]
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president trump: thank you. you where supported in that victory over communism by a strong alliance of free nations in the west that defied tyranny. now among the most committed members of the nato alliance, poland has resumed its place as a leading nation of a europe that is strong and free. a strong poland is a blessing to the nations of europe and they know that. a strong europe is a blessing to the west and to the world. [applause] president trump: 100 years after the entry of american forces into world war i, the transatlantic bond between the
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united states and europe is as strong as ever, and maybe in many ways stronger. this continent no longer confronts the specter of communism, but today we are in the west and we have to say, there are dire threats to our security and to our way of life. you see what is happening out there, they are threats. we will confront them. we will win, but they are threats. [applause] [chanting] president trump: we are confronted by another oppressive ideology, one that seeks to
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export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. america and europe have suffered one terror attack after another. we are going to get it to stop. during a historic gathering in saudi arabia, i called on the leaders of more than 50 muslim nations to join together to drive out this menace which threatens all of humanity. we must stand united against these shared enemies, to strip them of their territory and their funding and networks in -- and networks and any form of ideological support that they may have. while we will always welcome new citizens who share values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind.
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[applause] [chanting] president trump: we are fighting hard against radical islamic terrorism and we will prevail. we cannot accept those who reject our values and his hatred to justify violence against the innocent. today, the west is also confronted by powers that seek to test our will. undermine our confidence and challenge our interest.
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to meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial in including propaganda, financial crimes and cyber warfare, we must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields. we urge russia to cease its destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including syria and iran, and to join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself. [applause] president trump: finally, on both sides of the atlantic, our citizens are confronted by another danger, one firmly within our control. this danger is invisible to some, but familiar to the poles. the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. the west became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people
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were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies. americans, poles and nations of europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. we must work to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, south or east that threaten to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are. [applause] president trump: if left unchecked, these forces will sap our spirit and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies. but just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned in poland, we know these forces too
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are doomed to fail if we want them to fail, and we do indeed want them to fail. [applause]
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president trump: they are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, our countries are resilient and power is unmatched. through all of that, you have to say, everything is true. our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are and if we don't forget who we are, we just can't be beaten. americans will never forget. the nations of europe will never forget. we are the fastest and the greatest community. there is nothing like our community of nations. the world has never known anything like our community of nations. we write symphonies, we pursue
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innovation, celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers. and we value the human dignity of every right and share the hope of every person to live in freedom. that is who we are, those of the priceless ties that wind is together as nations, as allies and as a civilization. have, what we have inherited. , what we have inherited from our ancestors has never ask -- never existed to this extent before. it will never exist again so we cannot fail. this great community of nations has something else. it is thene of them
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people, not the powerful that have always borne the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense. they were right here. foundation from the very beginning. our citizens did not win freedom together. did not survive horace together. did not facedown evil together only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. we will never back down.
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as long as we know our history we will know how to build our future. americans know a strong alliance of free sovereign and independent nations, it is the best defense for our freedom and our interest. that is why my administration has demand did that all nations finally meet their full and fair financial obligations. of this insistence, billions of have begun to pour into nato. billions and billions of dollars more coming in from countries that in my opinion would not have been paying so quickly.
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i would point out that the united states has demonstrated not merely with words but with actions that we stand firmly , the mutualle five defense commitment. words are easy, but actions are what matters. for its own protection, europe -- everybody knows this. everybody must know this. europe must do more. money tost invest its secure their future. that's why we applaud poland for its decision to move forward this week on acquiring from the united states the battle-tested patriot air and missile system, the best anywhere in the world. that is also why we salute the
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polish people for being one of the nato countries that has actually achieved the benchmark for investment in our common defense. thank you. thank you, poland. i must tell you -- the example you set is truly magnificent, and we applaud all of you. thank you. we have to remember that our a commitmentt just of money. it is a commitment of will because, as the polish experience reminds us, the defense of the west ultimately rest not only on the means but also on the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have. the fundamental question of our time is if the west has the will to survive. do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? do we have enough respect or our citizens to protect our borders?
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do we have the desire and kurds to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy us? we can have the largest economy and the most lethal weapons anywhere on earth, but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be .eek, and we will not survive if anyone forgets the critical importance of these things, let them come to one country that never has. let them come to poland. and let them come here to warsaw and learn the story of the warsaw uprising. when they do, they should learn about jerusalem avenue.
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in august 1940 four, jerusalem avenue was one of the main roads running east and west through this city, just as it is today. control of that road was crucially important to both in the battle for warsaw. the german military wanted it as their most direct route to move very strongo form a front. for the polish home army, the ability to pass north and south across that street was critical to keep the center of the city and the uprising itself from being split apart and destroyed. every night, the polls put up fire,gs amid machine-gun and it was horrendous fire, to across a narrow passage
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jerusalem avenue. every day, enemy forces knocked them down again and again. finally, they built a barrier and be brave polish writers began to flow across jerusalem avenue. that was the fragile link that kept the uprising alive. between its walls, a constant stream of citizens and freedom fighters made their perilous -- just perilous -- sprint. they ran across the street. they ran through that street. they ran under that street all to defend the city. the far side was several yards away. one young polish woman named greta, that mortality and that life was so important to her. in fact, she said the mortally dangerous sector of the street was soaked in blood.
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it was the blood of messengers, liaison girls, and couriers. anybody who shot crossed. anybody who crossed, they were being shot at. their soldiers burned every building on the street, and they use the polish people as human shields for their tanks in their effort to capture jerusalem avenue. the enemy never ceased its relentless assault on that small outpost of civilization, and the itssh people never ceased defense. the jerusalem avenue passage required constant protection, repair, and reinforcement, but the will of its defenders did not waver, even in the face of death, and to the last days of the uprising, the fragile never, ever failed. it was never, ever forgotten. it was kept open by the polish
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people. the memories of those who perished in the warsaw uprising cry out across the decade, and few are clearer than the memories of those who died to the jerusalemnd avenue crossing. those heroes remind us that the west was saved with the blood of patriots, that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense. and that every foot of ground and every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life. our own fight for the west does not begin on the battlefield. it begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less violent and demand no less defense than
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that their shred of land on once the hope of poland totally rested. our freedom, our civilization, and our survival depend on these bonds of history, coulter, and memory, and today, as ever, poland is in our hearts, and its people are in that fight. just as whole and could not be broken, i declare today for the world to hear that the west will never, ever be broken. our values will prevail. our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph.
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thank you. so, together, let us all fight es for family, for freedom, for country, and for god. thank you. god bless you. god bless the polish people. god bless our allies, and god bless the united states of america. thank you. god bless you. thank you very much. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
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[crowd chanting] ["hail to the chief" playing]
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>> in his weekly address, the president talks about his plans to create more manufacturing jobs in the u.s. this week's democratic address comes from a group of senators on their reaction to the health care law replacement. president trump: my fellow americans, at the white house, we dedicate the month of july 2 three of our favorite words -- made in america. for more than two centuries, those three beautiful words have been the world standard for quality, craftsmanship, and excellence, and they still are today. one of my highest priorities is to restore american manufacturing. haddecades, american jobs been ripped out of our communities. industries and towns have been stripped bare, and entire communities have been uprooted and


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