>> Of a Europe that is strong.>> He's often heaped praise on Vladimir Putin, but only a day before their pivotal first meeting President Donald Trump in Poland Thursday changing his tune, aiming a sharp jab squarely at Russia.>> We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere, and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran.
And to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defense of civilization itself.>> The tough words for Moscow exactly what NATO allies like Germany want to hear. Setting up a much more contentious meeting than many had expected when the two sit down face to face on the sidelines of the G20 meetings in Hamburg.
>> President Trump going further than he really ever has before about Moscow. Saying it's been a destabilizing force in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world. So he said some things that will be pleasing to the European partners he's meeting in Hamburg at the G20.>> The speech in Warsaw marking another turnabout.
Trump making his clearest commitment yet to NATO's oath of mutual defense known as Article 5, meant to counter any threat from Russia.>> The transatlantic bond between the United States and Europe is as strong as ever.>> After Trump alienated NATO on his last visit to Europe, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the alliance could no longer rely on the United States.
Trump's words Thursday perhaps a first step to mending ties as they met before the G20. But Trump still sending a mixed message when it comes to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race. Once again hedging on Russia's involvement, despite unanimous agreement from US intelligence agencies that Putin was behind the attacks.
Along with world leaders, thousands of protesters also converging on Hamburg from across Europe, many clashing Thursday with police, saying the world's economic powers have put money and trade over the people.