Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump speaks to Polish people, urges vigilance in defense of West

Donald Trump said the survival of the west was at risk, as he lashed out at hostile forces ranging from Islamic terrorism to Russia, statism and secularism, during a speech in Poland.

At the start of a four-day trip to Europe, the US president gave a highly nationalist address in Warsaw suggesting that a lack of collective resolve could doom an alliance that had endured through the cold war. Continue reading “Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump speaks to Polish people, urges vigilance in defense of West”

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump speaks at Three Seas Initiative Summit regarding energy supply

President Donald Trump has pledged that the United States will never use energy to coerce eastern and central European nations.

And he adds that the U.S. won’t allow other nations to coerce them either.

Trump was addressing a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, of the Three Seas Initiative. It’s an alliance among a dozen eastern and central European nations that are bordered by the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas.

The group aims to reduce their dependence on oil and gas supplied by Russia.

Trump says he’s proud that the region is benefiting from U.S. energy supplies. Poland received a first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. last month.

Trump noted the region’s special significance to him. His wife, Melania, is a native of Slovenia, which belongs to the group.

–The Associated Press

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump meets with Croatian president over energy security, diversification

President Donald Trump welcomed Croatia’s commitment to boosting energy security and diversification.

The White House said in a statement that the president’s meeting Thursday with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia reaffirmed their mutual interests in supporting “stability and security in the western Balkans.”

The White House also says that Trump “expressed support for timely completion of the Krk Island liquefied natural gas facility.”

Trump said Thursday during a major speech delivered in Warsaw that he wants to make sure Poland and its neighbors are “never again held hostage” to a single supplier of energy.

Russia is one of the largest suppliers of energy to the European Union. His comments come on the eve of his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

–The Associated Press

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump holds press conference with Polish president, talks North Korea, election meddling

President Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda held a joint news conference ahead of Mr. Trump’s speech to the Polish people later Thursday morning.

Mr. Trump arrived in Warsaw on Wednesday for a brief visit — his return to Europe after a shaky first trip to the continent in May, when he sought to reassure NATO allies that he supports Article 5, the principle of collective defense of the alliance.

The joint appearance with Duda was President Trump’s first overseas news conference, and he was quickly asked about the successful intercontinental ballistic missile test carried out by North Korea on July 4. Continue reading “Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump holds press conference with Polish president, talks North Korea, election meddling”

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump in Poland, participates in meetings, speaks at public event, travels to Germany

In the morning, President Trump will meet with President Andrzej Duda of Poland and have a bilateral meeting with him followed by a joint press conference.

Trump will then participate in a photo opportunity with European leaders.

Later in the morning, the president will give remarks at Three Seas Initiative Summit.

Trump will then participate in the Transatlantic Roundtable.

In the afternoon, Trump will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia.

The president will then give remarks to the people of Poland.

Following his remarks, he leaves Poland for Hamburg, Germany.

He will then participate in an expanded meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

In the evening, the president will attend the Northeast Asia Security Dinner with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.