Trump: Bill Clinton no friend to Poland
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE cast Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBookExpo organizers 'retiring' event Harris selects Tina Flournoy as chief of staff: report One-termers: What Trump can learn from Carter and Bush's re-election losses MORE as hostile to the Polish community during a speech to the Polish National Alliance on Wednesday in Chicago.

The Republican presidential nominee zeroed in on a comment the former president made in May. While campaigning for his wife's presidential bid in New Jersey, Clinton questioned Poland's decision not to accept refugees from the Syrian civil war. 


“Campaigning for his wife, Bill Clinton attacked Poland, saying, ‘Democracy is too much trouble’ — which was an interesting statement, wasn’t it — for Poland apparently, because he disagreed with Poland’s opposition to bringing in refugees,” Trump said.

“Yet his wife wants to bring in refugees from Syria at a rate of 550 percent more than [President] Obama, who is bringing them in by the thousands and thousands.”

Trump lauded his own call to restrict refugees from settling in the U.S. until they can be fully vetted, pointing to recent terrorist attacks inspired by Islamic terror organizations.

The businessman also juxtaposed Clinton’s comments with repeated assertions that a Trump administration would be a “true friend” to Poland and America’s Polish community, applauding the country for keeping current on its NATO debts.

In May, Clinton asserted that Poland and Hungary wanted “Putin-like leadership: just give me an authoritarian dictatorship and keep the foreigners out,” according to Bloomberg.

“Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not have been free but for the United States and the long Cold War, have now decided this democracy is too much trouble,” he said.

His comments angered officials in both countries, who criticized Clinton at the time.

Trump also snuck in a brief dig at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report McCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate MORE during the remarks, chiding her as “grossly incompetent.” He elicited an audible groan from the crowd when he noted that “she didn’t pass her bar exam in Washington, D.C.”