Trump calls out Russia, praises Poland

PV International Desk : President Donald Trump affirmed US commitment to the defense of NATO allies on Thursday in a Warsaw speech that gently criticized Russia, and said Western civilization must stand up to those “who would subvert and destroy it”

In his second trip to Europe as president and shortly before leaving for a potentially fractious G20 meeting in Germany, Trump appeared to want to soothe US allies after unnerving them in May by failing to endorse the principle of collective defense enshrined in Article Five of the NATO treaty.

As a presidential candidate, Trump called NATO obsolete, but he has since changed his position on the alliance’s relevance.

The president also had tough words for Russia on Thursday, though he did not fully endorse allegations, backed by US intelligence agencies, that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election that he won.