President Trump made his first speech to the United Nations today and, as is typical with many of the president’s speeches, it was both historic and sent a powerful message to world leaders that America is putting its own citizens before the boundless desires of foreign powers.
Trump’s speech was bold, left no doubts of his agenda that he will always put America First in every policy he pursues. The speech included pro-America, pro-nationalism statements that world leaders have rarely heard before from a US president addressing the United Nations. No world leader currently in the United Nations has ever been spoken to in this manner by a US president. Although they have likely heard at least a few of Trump’s campaign speeches, this event was different in the sense it occurred on the hallowed ground of the United Nations where globalism, rather than nationalism, has dominated their agenda for decades.
Throughout his speech, Trump touched on nearly every one of his major campaign talking points including the failures Obama’s Iran deal, limiting mass migration along with mitigating the issues that come along with it and his intention to focus on an “America First” agenda, regardless of pressures from foreign powers.
Although Trump’s speech included countless historic messages that have never been delivered by a US president to the United Nations, the following are some of the most powerful and impactful statements by President Trump to world leaders.
In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.
As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first. (Applause.)
All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.
But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.
The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.
Kim Jong Un, the dictatorial leader of North Korea, who was recently branded by Trump as “Rocket Man” via Twitter, also became a target of Trump’s speech after launching a series of missiles over Japan in recent weeks.
We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later. We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.
If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.
It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.
It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.
The prime minister of Isreal, Benjamin Netanyahu, appeared particularly pleased with Trump’s strong statements against Iran’s corruption and violence.
Trump blamed Iran for “turning a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos”.
Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors. This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.
We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program. (Applause.) The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.
It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran’s government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.
The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict Internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protestors, and imprison political reformers.
Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. Will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed, and terror? Or will the Iranian people return to the nation’s proud roots as a center of civilization, culture, and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?
Trump described the Iran deal penned under his predecessor Barack Obama as an “embarrassment” to the United States, and promised that the world “hasn’t heard the last of it”. Although Trump has renewed the Iranian deal, the president did so with the cavieat of stating that Iran was not following the “spirit of the deal”. The president’s statements today may indicate the Iran deal’s legitimacy will not last for the foreseeable future.
President Trump then turned his focus towards immigration and mass migration, along with the substantial burden it has placed on the poorest citizens of the receiving countries and taxpayers, including the United States. Some of trump’s most powerful and blunt statements regarding mass migration are as follows:
The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process.
For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach.
For decades, the United States has dealt with migration challenges here in the Western Hemisphere. We have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries.
For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms.
For the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.
Towards the end of his speech, Trump tells the crowd that America has been “the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all”. This statement alone is antithetical to the message that socialists, globalists and anti-America protesters have been spouting for years in attempt to brand the United States as somehow being the root cause of many of the world’s biggest problems. I can only imagine the cringing going on with those hearing yet another powerful America First statement from President Trump.
The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.
Now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism.
History is asking us whether we are up to the task. Our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion. We need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself.
Our hope is a word and — world of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all: a future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful Earth.
This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.
Finally, Trump ended his speech with a single overarching message portraying the very ideals that America has espoused since its inception, but have been diluted by past administrations.
So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world: We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.
The expressions on some of the world leader’s faces during Trump’s strongest statements at the United Nations accurately sums up their feelings about a US president pursuing an America First agenda.
The most powerful and historic statements from the president are already making headlines across social media and news outlets around the world. I suspect Trump’s words today will go a long way in assuaging some of the fears that have arisen from recent media headlines attempting to portray Trump as a president going back on his promises and losing the support of his base.
Perhaps unbeknownst to the mainstream media, Trump’s base can in no way be diminished by media headlines or “anonymous sources”, but rather his voters judge Trump by his actions and policies, which have thus far been overwhelming “America First”.