Video of Polish first lady dodging Trump handshake goes viral

GETTYThe PiS leader also says his country should be compensated for World War Two

Since he's taken office, the President has received a lot of attention for how he greets fellow world leaders.

Melania Trump, who is taking a prominent role in her husband's overseas trip, also saluted the Polish people and their "special country" before the president gave a speech focusing heavily on Poland's fight for freedom from the brutal German Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.

All it takes is a simple Google search of "Donald Trump handshake" to see the president's uncomfortable history here.

"We must work together to counter forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are". It looks like they finally got that handshake in at the G20 Summit on Thursday, though Merkel appears to be slightly startled.

"There is a courage and a strength deep in the Polish character that no one could destroy", the president said. There will also be observers who wonder why the President would elevate the conservative critique on bureaucracy into his doctrinal speech about the fate of Western civilization.


In Warsaw, a city rebuilt after it was razed by the Germans in World War II, the president declared rhetorical war on a broad array of foreign and domestic forces that he said were aligned against him, even criticising President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation in his strongest terms to date, before their first face-to face meeting, in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday.

"We're here at this historic gathering to launch a new future for open, fair, and affordable energy markets that bring greater security and prosperity to all of our citizens. In fact, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the government and people of Poland for receiving their first shipment of US liquefied natural gas last month, and you made a very good deal, I understand", he said. The President must begin by standing for the most basic democratic values.

So if not liberal democracy, the rule of law, or scientific inquiry, what exactly does this president-who feels more at home with Middle Eastern dictators than European presidents-mean when he talks about "the West" that must be defended at all costs?

President Trump's speech in Warsaw cast the fight against terrorism as a clash of civilizations, adopting a framework that his two predecessors had determinedly avoided and linking it to his controversial policies on immigration.

If President Trump wants to follow through on some of the ideas in the speech, he will need support within the United States that goes far beyond his electoral base.

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