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. a re-laying ceremony followed by an introduction by first lady melania trump. this is about 45 minutes. [chanting]
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[drum roll] [chanting] [chanting]
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[applause] [chanting usa] >> hello, poland. [applause] thank you very much. my husband and i have enjoyed visiting your beautiful country i want to thank president and
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mrs.dooda for their warm welcome. this is to observe experiment, ask questions and seek answers. i can think of no better purpose for such a wonderful science center. thanks to all of us who gave us the tour especially the children who gave us a wonderful experience. as many of you know, the main focus of my husband's presidency thanks to all of us who gave us is safety and security. i think that all of us can agree that people should be able to leave their lives without fear no matter what country they live in. that is my wish for all of us around the world. [applause] thank you again for this wonderful welcome to your special country, your kindness and gracious and hospitality
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will not he forgotten. -- will not be forgotten. [applause] and now, it is my honor to introduce to you my husband, the president of the united states, donald j trump. [applause]
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president trump: thank you very that's so nice. the united states is many great diplomats but there is truly no better ambassador for our country than our beautiful first lady. that was very nice. we have come to your nation to deliver a very important message -- america loves poland and america loves the polish people, thank you. it is a profound honor to stand in this city by this monument to the warsaw uprising and to address the polis nation -- the polish nation that so many generations have dreamed of, a poland that is safe, strong, and free. president duda and your wonderful first lady aga have welcomed
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with a tremendous warmth and kindness for those around the world, thank you. i sincerely bank -- thank both of them and to the prime minister a very special thanks also. we are pleased that former president lech walesa, famous for leading the solidarity movement, has joined us today, thank you. thank you.
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thank you. on behalf of all americans, let
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me also thank the entire polish people for the generosity you have shown and welcoming me -- welcoming our soldiers to your country. these soldiers are not only rave defenders of freedom but also symbols of america's commitment to your security and your place in a strong and democratic europe. we are probably joined on stage by americans, polish, british, and remain -- and romanian soldiers, thank you. great job. president duda and i have just come from a successful meeting with those participating in the three c's initiative. to the citizens of this great region, america is eager to expand a partnership with you. we welcome stronger ties incomers as you grow your economy and we are committed to securing your access to alternate sources of energy so poland and its neighbors are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy. mr. president, i congratulate
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you along with the president of croatia in your leadership of this historic, three seas agreement. [applause] this is my first visit to central europe and i am thrilled it could be right here at this magnificent, beautiful piece of land. it is beautiful. poland is the geographic heart of europe but more importantly, and the polish people, we see the soul of europe. your nation is great because your spirit is great and your spirit is strong. for two centuries, poland
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suffered constant and brutal attacks but while poland could be invaded and occupied in its borders even erased from the map, it would never be erased from history or from your heart. in those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride. so it is with this true admiration that i can say today that from the farms and villages of your countryside to the cathedrals and squares of your great cities, poland lives, poland prospers and poland prevails.
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despite every effort to transform you, press you or destroy you, you endured and overcame. you are the proud nation of copernicus. think of that. chopin, saint john paul ii, poland is a land of great heroes. and you are a people who know the true value of what you defend. the triumph of the polish spirit over centuries of hardship gives us all hope for a future in which good conquers evil and peace achieves victory over war.
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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 serve together today in afghanistan and iraq, combating the m&a's -- 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. our two countries share a
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special bond forged by unique histories and national character. it's the fellowship that exist only among people who have fought and bled and died for freedom. the signs of this friendship stand in our nation's capital. just steps from the white house, we have raised statues of men with names like polaski and kosciusko. 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. and so i am here today, not just to visit an old ally but to hold it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to
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summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. the story of poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never in broken, and who have never, ever forgotten who they are. [applause] [chanting] thank you so much. thank you. thank you so much. it's a great honor. this is a nation more than 1000 years old, your borders were erased for more than a century and all my restored just one century ago. in 1920, in the miracle ofviscilla, poland stopped the
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soviet army bent on european conquest. than 19 years later in 1939, you are invaded yet again, this time by nancy germany from -- by nazi germany from the west and the russian army from the east. that is trouble. that is tough. under a double occupation, the polish people endured evils beyond description. the forest massacre, the occupation, the holocaust, the warsaw ghetto and the warsaw ghetto uprising, the destruction of this beautiful capital city and the deaths of nearly one in five polish people. a vibrant jewish population, the largest in europe, was reduced
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to almost nothing after the nazis systematically murdered millions of polish 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 bloody battle right here in warsaw. amid that hell on earth, the 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]
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what great spirit. we salute your model -- your noble sacrifice and pledged to always remarry or fight for poland and for freedom, thank you. thank you. this monument reminds us that more than 150,000 polls died during that desperate struggle to overthrow oppression. from the other side of the river, the soviet armed forces stopped and waited. they watched as the maxis ruth -- as the nazis viciously destroyed the city, viciously murdering men, women, and children. they tried to destroy this nation forever by shattering its
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will to survive but there is a courage and a strength deep in the polish character that no one could destroy -- the polish martyr, bishop michael kosul said it well -- more for a find in 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] your oppressors tried to break you but poland could not be broken.
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when the day came on june 2, 1979 po and one millionles gathered around victory square for the very first mass with their polish pope, that day, every communist in warsaw must've 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 one million polish men, women, and children raise their voices in a single prayer. a million polish people did not ask for wealth. they did not ask for privilege. instead, one million poles said three simple words -- we want god.
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[applause] 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 god and with that powerful
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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 a cruel and wicked system that impoverished your cities and your souls. +and you one -- poland prevailed, poland will always prevail. [applause] [applause] [chanting]
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>> thank you. you were supported in that victory over communism by a strong alliance of free nations in the west that divides tyranny. now come among the most committed members of the nato alliance, poland has resumed its place as a leading nation of a europe that is strong w,hole 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] 100 years after the entry of american forces into world war i, the transatlantic bond between the united states and europe is as strong as ever and may become in many ways, even stronger. this continent no longer
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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's happening out there. they are threats. we will confront them. we will win. but they are threats. we are confronted by another oppressive ideology, one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. america and europe have suffered one terror attack after another.
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we are going to get it to stop. during an historic data 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 the networks, and any form of ideological support that they may have. while we will was welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind. [applause]
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we are fighting hard against radical islamic terrorism and we will prevail. we cannot accept those who reject their values and the use hatred to justify violence against the innocent. today, the west is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, under minor confidence, and challenge our interests, to meet new forms of aggression, 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
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destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere. and its support for hostile regimes including syria and iran and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and a defense of civilization itself. finally, on both sides of the atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger one firmly within our control. this danger is invisible to some but for -- but familiar to the poles. the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people.
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the west became great, not because of paperwork and regulations, but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destiny. americans, poles and nations of europe pursue individual sovereignty and we went much work together to confront this weather comes from inside or out , from the south or the east, the threat over time to undermine these values and a race the bonds of culture and faith and tradition that make us who we are. if left unchecked, these forces will undermine us and sap our spirit and we can our will to defend ourselves and our society. just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned here in poland, we know that these forces, too, are doomed to fail if we want them to fail and we do, indeed, want them to fail. they are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, her countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched.
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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 cannot 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 innovation. we celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.
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we reward brilliance. we strive for excellence and cherish inspiring works of art that honor god. we treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression. we empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. we put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives and we debate everything. we challenge everything. we seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves. above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom.
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that is who we are. those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization. what we have, what we inherited -- and you know this better than anybody in you see it today with this incredible group of people -- what we have inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. so we cannot fail. this great community of nations has something else. in everyone one of them, it is the people, not the powerful, who have always formed the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense. the people have been met
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foundation here in poland as they were right here in warsaw. and they were the foundation from the very, very beginning in america. our citizens did not win freedom together. they did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. we did not and we will not. we will never back down. [applause] as long as we know our history, we will know how to build our future. americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign, and
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independent nations is the best defense for our freedom and for our interests. that is why my administration has demanded that all members of nato finally meet their full and fair financial obligation. as a result of this insistence, billions of dollars more have begun to pour into nato. people are shocked. but aliens and billions of dollars more are coming in from countries that, in my opinion, have not been paying. to those who would criticize our tough stance, i would point out that the united states has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind article five, the mutual defense.
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words are easy but actions are what matter. for its own protection, and you know this -- everybody has to know this -- europe must do more. europe must demonstrate if it believes in its future by investing its money to secure their -- that 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 defense system, the best anywhere in the world. that is also why we salute the 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, and i must tell you the example you set is truly magnificent and we
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applaud poland, thank you. [applause] we have to remember that our defense is not just a commitment of money. it is a commitment of will because, as the polish experience reminds us, the defense of the west ultimately rests not only on means but also the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have -- the fundamental question of our time is whether 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 for our citizens to protect our borders? do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?
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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 weak and we will not survive. [applause] 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. in august of 1944, jerusalem avenue was one of the main roads running east and west through the city, just as it is today. control of that road was crucially important to both sides in the battle for warsaw.
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the german military wanted it as their most direct route to move troops and form a very strong 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 poles put up sandbags amid machine-gun fire and it was horrendous fire to protect a narrow passage across jerusalem avenue. every day, the enemy forces knocked them down again and again and again and then the poles dug a trench and they built a barrier and the brave polish fighters began to flow
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across jerusalem avenue. that narrow passageway was just a few feet wide and it was the fragile link that kept the uprising alive. a constant stream of citizens and freedom fighters made their perilous, their perilous sprint. they ran across that street. they ran through that street, they ran under that street all to defend the city. the far side was several yards away, recalled one polish young 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. it was the blood of messages, liaison girls and messed -- and couriers. nancy snipers -- not see snipers shot at anyone who crossed. the soldiers burned every
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building. they used the polls as human shields for their tanks in their effort to capture jerusalem avenue. the enemy never ceases its relentless assault of civilization. the poles never ceased its 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 crossing never, ever failed. it was never, ever forgotten. it was kept open by the polish people. the memories of those perished in the warsaw uprising cry out across the decades and few were
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clear of those who built and defended the jurors alum avenue crossing. those here is remind us that the west was saved with the bloods of patriots. that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense. [applause] every last inch of defendingon is worth with your life. wn fight begins with our minds, wills, and souls. the ties of civilization requires no less defense than that there part of land where:
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once -- where poland once rested. depend on memory. heart and weour are in the fight. broken, will never be andvalues will prevail civilization will triumph. chanting donald trump ]
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[applause] >> thank you. so together let us all fight for freedom,s family, country and for god. and gots our allies blessed the united states of america. of god bless you and thank you very much. [drumroll] [band plays] [laughter] ♪ ♪ ♪
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