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Trump Just Said He Gave the ‘Best Speech Ever Made by a President in Europe’
Donald Trump bragged that “some people” referred to his remarks during a 2017 visit to Poland as “the best speech ever made by a president in Europe.”
And whenever Trump says “some people” it’s almost always a lie.
While taking questions from reporters during an Oval Office meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda Trump was asked whether he planned to accept an invitation to return to Poland. Trump said he believes he will at some point, then recounted his 2017 visit to the country.
“I just had an incredible time. That speech was special from the standpoint of the people of Poland, and I know it was considered a very important speech. You people even gave me very high marks on that speech,” he said of the press in the room.
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“I could say it, but I don’t want to say it, but some people said it was the best speech ever made by a president in Europe,” he continued, declining to specify who had offered such praise. “But I did not say that. I’m just quoting other people.
“But it was a great day. The two folks, you treated us so great, I’ll never forget it. We won’t forget our trip to Poland. Very, very tremendous, special people.”
Trump delivered the speech in Warsaw in July 2017. The remarks included praise for the Polish efforts to overthrow Nazism, a condemnation of Russian aggression and “radical Islamic terrorism” and a call for strengthened alliances built on the lessons of World War II.
The speech seemed well received among those in the crowd, who intermittently chanted Trump’s name as he spoke.
Trump in a real-time internal struggle deciding whether or not to endure the pain of praising himself:
"I can say it but I don’t want to say it but some people said it was the best speech every made by a president in Europe. But I did not say that, I’m just quoting other people." pic.twitter.com/nvSVnPg837
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 12, 2019