Bob Dole lauds Trump’s 'successful' European trip

Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) praised President Trump’s trip to Europe this week, calling his speech in Poland "one for the ages" and saying that Americans “should be proud" of his efforts.

In a statement released by the White House and touted on social media, Dole called Trump's speech in Warsaw a "stirring articulation of the values and shared goals that bind us together with the Polish people and with millions of others around the world who seek to live in freedom."

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Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, also remarked on Trump completing "a number of critically important strategic meetings" at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

"Americans should be proud of the strong American leadership being restored by President Trump. More importantly they should be proud to live in a country that stands for the values he has so ably expressed, shared, and defended," he said.

Trump's speech in Warsaw echoed the tone of his inaugural address, casting Western civilization as under attack and warning against the dangers posed by "radical Islamic terror."

“The message was desperately needed at this time from our American president and we are grateful for it and for the manner in which he delivered it," Dole said.

Trump's trip draw particular attention given his interactions with leaders from nations such as China and France that his administration has been at odds with on issues such as trade and climate change.

Trump also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first high-stakes meeting where they discussed working on issues such as addressing the Syrian civil war and cybersecurity, though critics have questioned how hard Trump pressed Putin about Russia's election meddling.