Donald Trump speaks in Poland - despite huge protests against country's right-wing government

Donald Trump to give 'major speech' at Krasinski Square in Poland

Donald Trump is to give a speech in Poland

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Donald Trump has travelled to Poland for a “major speech”  – a move which is sure to infuriate protestors against the country's right-wing government.

Trump praised Poland's role in the Second World War, and its role in training Iraqi forces against Islamic State during a speech in Warsaw's Krasinski Square today (July 6).

He also used the occasion to upbraid North Korea for what he described as its "very, very bad behavior," and said there would be consequences for the country's missile launch this week.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Awl and European leaders attended the speech, according to ABC News.

Trump also told a news conference that CNN had taken his now-infamous wrestling tweet "too seriously", and renewed his criticism of the US media.

Trump’s visit comes amid the backdrop of huge protests in Poland against the country’s staunchly conservative government.

The ruling Law and Justice Party came to power in 2015 but has faced consistent criticism ever since, centring on claims that it is undermining democracy and curbing civil liberties.

Poland has witnessed a string of protests since the current government was formed, most recently an event in Warsaw in early May which reportedly attracted up to 20,000 people.