Hero’s welcome for Trump in ‘Paris of the East’

Chanting “USA, USA” and “Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” thousands of Poles packed Warsaw’s famous Krasinski Square on Thursday to hear a landmark speech by President Trump in which he called Poland “the geographic heart of Europe.”

Standing before a statue commemorating the 1944 Polish uprising against Nazi occupation, Trump gave tribute to the bravery and courage of the Polish people during World War II, and against Russian occupation. “In those dark days, you lost your land but you never lost your pride,” he said.42154F9F00000578-0-First_Lady_Melania_Trump_warmed_up_the_crowd_in_Poland_s_capital-a-83_149934601127042153C7B00000578-4670380-Trump_spoke_in_front_of_a_crowd_at_Krasinski_Square_at_the_Royal-a-60_149934313683142153EBD00000578-4670380-People_cheer_as_Trump_delivers_his_landmark_speech_at_Krasinski_-a-65_1499343137327421526C500000578-4670380-Trump_waves_next_to_First_Lady_of_the_US_Melania_Trump_Polish_Pr-a-66_1499343137337Trump and First Lady Melania with Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady of Poland Agata Kornhauser-Duda before Trump’s public speech at Krasinski Square, in Warsaw, once described as the Paris of the East.


IMG_0188President Trump’s first official photo in Poland was with President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw’s Royal Palace. Trump was seated beside an oil painting of a Polish folklore hero, a 17th-century king who kicked Islam out of Central Europe and is remembered as “the Hammer of the Turks.”