Donald Trump: Crowds brought from across Poland chant president's name during Warsaw speech

Leaders had promised the president that he would receive a good reaction if he visited the country

Andrew Griffin@_andrew_griffin
Thursday 06 July 2017 12:47
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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during his public speech in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during his public speech in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, Poland

Crowds bussed in from across Poland have cheered Donald Trump during a speech in Warsaw.

Repeatedly, throughout a speech in which the president recounted Polish history to the visitors, waiting people chanted "Donald Trump" and repeatedly interrupted him to do so.

Much of the crowd was brought in from across the country, and carried signs saying where they had come from – including "Pila" or "Gorzow" in the west. Other banners featured the right-wing, pro-government Gazeta Polska newspaper.

Poland's leaders had promised Mr Trump that he would receive a warm welcome when he addressed crowds in the square. He made reference to those promises during a press conference with the Polish president earlier in the day, though he joked that they would be there for his counterpart Andrzej Duda.

The crowds waved US flags as well as Polish flags.

The speech itself praised the spirit of the Polish people and suggested that Europe and the US should learn from the spirit of the Warsaw uprising. He said that people were involved in a clash of civilisations and that people were threatening "our way of life".

Mr Trump spoke from Trump from Krasinski Square, site of the Warsaw Uprising against Nazi occupation. More than 150,000 Poles died during the struggle to overthrow oppression.

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