Trump joins battle for the soul of the West — to a point
President Donald Trump gave a battle cry to defend Western civilization Thursday, but his political vision of the Western alliance is one that some other great leaders recognize, much less embrace.
“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” Trump said in Warsaw, Poland, citing his long battles against the tyranny of the host country as an example of tenacity to preserve Western values.
On the surface, Trump’s speech was exactly the kind of message European leaders had wanted to hear. He reaffirmed the principle of mutual defense of NATO 5 NATO member countries formally held well in defense spending. It struck Russia for “destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere.”
After hitting Western institutions during his campaign, President of the United States, unusually sticking to a script, he offered a poignant singing cultural, scientific and economic contributions to the Western world.
We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs and always seek to explore and discover new frontiers … We believe that the rule of law and protect the right to freedom of expression and freedom Expression of freedom of expression, “Trump said.
However, in his speech and evident in the sometimes unbridled behavior of the President on his first day in Europe, they were clues and examples of why it was so shocking to Europeans and so upset by their leaders since taking office.
On a continent where Russian territorial maneuvers are feared, he still refused to accept allegations that Moscow was solely responsible for interference in US elections.
At the plant, once controlled by the Soviet Union, the president launched his own under bus intelligence agencies, arguing that his inability to adequately evaluate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs devalues his assessments efforts. Russia to influence the democratic process.
It would be hard to think of Trump better for Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his first official meeting in Germany on Friday.
Trump’s performance suggested a great irony in his relations with Europe.
It was presented as the guarantor of the freedoms and values of the West, but by their actions and their words, some European leaders have shown that they consider Trump himself as the greatest threat to these traditions.
In Poland, a country criticized elsewhere in Europe for eroding press freedom, Trump launched a new diatribe against US journalism, including CNN and NBC, which announces “false news” and asked its host Polish leader Andrzej Doubt, “Are you, by the way, Mr. President?
The general pro-Western tone of Trump, however, contained the nuclei of future clashes with Europe. His vision of the West was closer to his belief in strong immigration laws, an inflexible opposition to Islamic radicalism and a government that reduces its own partisans fear, unlike the more traditional version of Western liberalism appreciated in Europe.
“Do we trust our values to defend at all costs? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders?” Trump said in his speech. “Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization against those whom it subverses and to destroy?”
The president spoke of “radical Islamic terrorism,” which he compared with oppressive ideologies such as communism and Nazism, which posed an existential threat to Western civilization.