Donald Trump has come under fire on social media for his response to a question about the 1944 Warsaw Uprising anniversary, which he dedicated to his relations with Poland. When he was asked about his message for an August event commemorating the liberation of the Polish capital from the Nazis, he wandered away from the topic of the Polish resistance’s brave deeds.
“Well, I have a lot of respect for Poland. And, as you know, the people of Poland like me, and I like them. And I’m going to be going to Poland fairly soon. And I know they’re building an installation that — and they’re putting in all of the money — 100% of the money. So they’re building something very nice for the United States to have”, he said.
He did not elaborate on what “installation” he was referring to, but some media outlets linked his statement to facilities that the Polish government is planning to build for an additional 1,000 troops, expected to be deployed by the US. Warsaw has pledged to fund the construction, as Trump earlier stated, with Poland even considering naming the base “Fort Trump”.
Social media users trashed the US president, branding the response a “parody” and even suggesting that Trump had no clue what he was talking about.
Completely beyond parody: Asked if he has a message for Poland on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Trump says, "I have a lot of respect for Poland, and as you know the people of Poland like me. And I like them. And I'm going to be going to Poland fairly soon." pic.twitter.com/jGd0xNJIH4— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 1, 2019
Right. The Warsaw uprising was a celebration of Donald Trump. https://t.co/lJUa8Aej9w— digby (@digby56) August 1, 2019
Some even joked that the former real estate mogul thought that “uprising” means some sort of construction project.
Trump probably thinks that the Warsaw Uprising is a new building project. https://t.co/zXIA2izdcg— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) August 2, 2019
Others reproached him for being self-centred and having poor knowledge of history.
The Warsaw Uprising was a revolt of the Polish people against the tyranny of the NAZI occupation.— Rocky Mountain Views (@RockyMountViews) August 2, 2019
Over 15,000 people were slaughtered.
When asked about the Warsaw Uprising, Trump said nothing other than that the Polish people loved him.
Once again, he makes it all about him.
One of them was George Conway, husband of Trump’s adviser Kellyanne, who has clashed with the US president on several occasions. He reminded his followers that POTUS even gave a speech in front of the Warsaw Uprising monument in 2017 when he visited Poland.