President Donald Trump's dramatic "defense of the West" during a speech in Poland was the antithesis of his inaugural address – and the "most anti-Russia" delivered since Ronald Reagan, Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Thursday.
In remarks on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Krauthammer called the speech "a huge step, and extremely significant."
"This is this best speech he's given," he said. "It is very Reaganesque. It was not so much about American exceptionalism.... This was a defense of the West."
"That's what made it so unusual for Trump," Krauthammer continued. "This is the antithesis of his inaugural address, which was about America.... This is a return to traditional American universalism, leading the community of nations — meaning NATO, the West, Europe, including a lot of East Asia, other places as well.
"And by taking on the mantle of leadership, basically expanding the meaning of Americanism to go beyond our shores."
Krauthammer refuted the idea the speech was an attack on the nation's elites – and said it was more a condemnation of the left and its "march through the institutions."
Instead, he said, "This was the most anti-Russia speech since Ronald Reagan."
"He may have had a few lines on Islamic radicalism, but he was unrelenting in attacking the Russians, which in many ways undoes the vision, the meme which I think is simply false, of him as an instrument, a Manchurian candidate of the Russians," he said.
"He not only attacked them for their actions in World War II, he was savaging how they treated the Poles during the 40 years of Cold War, then he went ahead and basically said 'we are here to rescue you from your dependence on Russian gas. Because we are not going to use it as a weapon. We're not going to hold you hostage. These people are your enemies.'"
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