In a speech in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, President Donald Trump called on Russia to cut off support for its allies, Syria and Iran. Trump said:
“We urge Russia to cease its 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 in defense of civilization itself.”
The president was speaking on the dangers of “radical Islamic terrorism” and was speaking on the strength of Western culture.
“We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said, “and we will prevail.”
Trump called the acts committed by terrorists an “oppressive ideology” and said the world must come together to stop these kinds of attacks.
The president spoke on the strengths of the West and the opportunities it affords its people, compared to societies such has Russia and its allies. The president said:
“The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations, but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies. Americans, Poles, and nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.”
“America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another. We're going to get it to stop,” Trump stated.
One of the nations the president mentioned — Syria — is currently undergoing civil war, where rebels are fighting for independence from dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The U.S. has taken measures to stop Assad's advancement in the region; however, the Russians are backing the Syrian leader. Assad has committed horrible acts against his own people, including the use of chemical weapons to suppress his opposition forces.
Additionally, Assad is supported by Iran, another country that Putin has been friendly toward.
Trump's call to Russia comes before he is set to meet with President Vladimir Putin on Friday at the G-20 summit.
Also while in Poland, Trump refused to put full blame on the Russian government for meddling in the 2016 election despite reports from the intelligence community.