Trump urges West to 'defend our civilisation' in Warsaw speech

Mr Trump used the speech to paint a picture of the West facing existential challenges to "defend our civilisation" from terrorism, bureaucracy and the erosion of traditions, according to the extracts.

DONALD Trump has questioned whether the West "has the will to survive", while lashing out at a range of threats from Islamic State to Russian Federation in a speech before the G20 summit.

Trump is due to hold his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg, which starts Friday.

Trump added: "I don't draw red lines", repeating his criticism of President Barack Obama's stance over Syria and chemical weapons.

"The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive", he said, employing the same life-or-death language as in his inauguration speech, which promised a war against the "American carnage" of urban crime.

Mr Trump said he didn't like to talk about what he has planned but said there were some "pretty severe things the United States were thinking about".

Though he praised the Polish government for its level of defense spending, Trump has made waves with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who have not met the agreed upon financial commitments on their militaries. China's United Nations ambassador, Liu Jieyi, also said military means must not be an option. "Very, very badly", Trump said.


Ahead of the address, an administration official briefing reporters said the core theme of the speech was meant to be a defense of Western civilization.

"Why did he do nothing about it?"

Whatever he has planned, Trump suggested that he won't act rashly. "If he thought I was going to win, he would have done something about it".

Shortly after the American president met his Polish counterpart, they shook hands. Others pointed out it was more likely that Ms Kornhauser-Duda simply did not see the US President's hand extended out towards her in greeting.

Trump said NBC is just as bad as CNN - "despite the fact that I made them a fortune with 'The Apprentice, ' but they forgot that".

Alastair Jamieson reported from London.

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