- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2017

CNN’s Jeffrey Zeleny says President Trump’s trip to Poland included a “white America” speech.

Mr. Trump’s defense of Western civilization while in Warsaw was the topic of conversation among “Inside Politics” experts on Sunday. Chief national correspondent John King asked guests what they learned about president’s worldview, which prompted Mr. Zeleny’s response.

“Thousands of thousands of people were waving American flags and Polish flags, but this is not a speech he could have given, really, anyplace else. This was a white America, America first kind of speech,” Mr. Zeleny, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, said. “He was offering a very stark view, actually, about, you know, migration, immigration, about other things. It wasn’t a modern-day speech, if you will. It was sort of a throwback speech.”

The commander in chief’s remarks last Thursday praised Poland for its perseverance during the Holocaust and the Cold War while simultaneously thanking it for being a stalwart ally.

“What we have, what we inherited from our — and you know this better than anybody, and you see it today with this incredible group of people — what we’ve inherited from our ancestors has never existed to this extent before. And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. So we cannot fail,” Mr. Trump said July 6.

“This great community of nations has something else in common: In every 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 that 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, 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.”

Mr. Zeleny added said the president’s remarks were “praised in a lot of corners,” but that he “couldn’t have given that speech here in America.”

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