United States President Donald Trump's state visit to Europe kicked off in Poland yesterday and, during his speech at the Polish capital Warsaw, The President asked if the West has the will to survive. The speech, to put it mildly, was a touch alarmist as the President went on to state if there was any will to preserve Western civilization from those who aim to destroy it. He spoke about the alleged role of Russia in the 2016 Presidential election as well.

A hospitable audience

Although large parts of Europe might not be too enamored with Donald Trump, the Polish capital was going to be an exception and his views found a hospitable audience in Warsaw.

The country now has a right wing government and the new establishment has clearly stated that Poland will not be taking in any new migrants.

Trump said: "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?"

He went on to commend Poland for having fought against invaders from the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany in the past. However, Poland's abysmal treatment of dissenting voices did not find any mention in Trump's speech.

The Russian affair

Trump attacked Russia and stated that the Russians must desist from its activities in Ukraine and also stop propping up the regimes in Iran and Syria. Trump went on to state that the United States will respect NATO's collective defense principle and tried to put Poland and the rest of Europe's mind at ease regarding Russian aggression.

It is the US President's first open attack on Russia and his meeting with Putin on Friday at the G20 summit in Hamburg could turn into a feisty affair.

However, the investigation into Russian interference in last year's Presidential election and Kremlin's possible collusion with the Trump campaign is something that chases the President wherever he goes.

Trump touched upon Russian interference in the Presidential election last year as well and said that it could have been the handiwork of hackers from numerous countries including those from Russia. This was probably the first time that the President openly said that Russia could have been involved but he quickly backtracked and said that no one is actually sure about the whole affair.