Donald Trump read his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with all the enthusiasm of a reluctant eighth grader reading a book report. His Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross dozed off. Still buried within that painful, droning exercise, POTUS dropped a few real nuggets.
In a global world of shared responsibility, the U.S. president tried to give “America First” foreign policy a shoutout. Indeed, he suggested other nations follow his role model. NBC News reported that he said:
‘The free world must embrace its national foundations. t must not attempt to erase them or replace them. Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first. The future does not belong to globalists. The future belong to patriots.’
It was not apparent that the president had even given the speech a quick run-through:
‘[Globalism] exerted a religious pull over past leaders causing them to ignore their own national interests. But as far as America is concerned, those days are over.’
He called their policies “cruel and evil:”
‘Your policies are not just. Your policies are cruel and evil. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives, well-being, and countless innocent people. When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.’
The commander-in-chief added that he was “carefully monitoring the situation in Hong Kong:”
‘How China chooses to deal with this situation will say a great deal about its role in the world in the future.’
Later, he spoke about Venezuela and Iran:
‘One of the greatest threats facing peace-loving nations today. [Iran was] fueling tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen. The United States does not seek conflict with any other country… But I will never fail to defend America’s interests. [His sanctions on Iran] will not be lifted [until] menacing behavior continues [ends.]’
The president called Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro a “Cuban puppet.” Then, he referred to North Korea when he said the U.S.:
‘…has never believed in permanent enemies. [Its regime] must denuclearize. Make your countries strong and prosperous and righteous, honor the dignity of your people.’
The president read off his list, boasting about the United States, claiming that his own “pro-growth” plan meant a strong U.S. economy and a “historically low unemployment.” In addition, Trump condemned the U.S.’s southern “open border.” He also went after all the advocates for the refugees and their children.
After that, he boated once more, this time about America’s energy:
‘[The] number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world.’
POTUS stated there was:
‘[A] small number of social media platforms [with] immense power over what we can see and over what we are allowed to say.’
As the president droned on, he referred to American priorities. He noted his “massive tariffs” on China. He believed “decisive action [would] end the grave economic injustice.”
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