Foreign Policy

America Is Governed by Americans, Trump Tells UN

The president touted his successes while pointedly rejecting the message of globalism.

Thomas Gallatin · Sep. 26, 2018

President Donald Trump addressed the UN General Assembly Tuesday, and while a few may have laughed or jeered, Trump delivered a pointed and clear message to world leaders: America first. Long gone are the days of kowtowing to globalists. Trump boldly declared, “America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism around the world. Responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty. And not just from governments but from the other newer forms of coercion and domination.” He continued, “I honor every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”

Trump also called out socialism for the disaster that it is, declaring, “Currently, we are witnessing a human tragedy … in Venezuela. More than two million people have fled the anguish inflicted by the socialist Maduro regime and its Cuban sponsors. Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty.” Pulling no punches, Trump then explained, “Virtually everywhere socialism or communism has been tried, it has produced suffering, corruption, and decay. Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression.”

He spoke on the ongoing tragedy of the Syrian civil war and warned, “The United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime.” Trump then pivoted to place the lion’s share of blame for the Middle East’s continued instability on Iran’s leaders, noting that they “sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.” He blasted Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as “a windfall for Iran’s leaders,” which served only to fund the dictatorship in building “nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.”

Trump noted his administration’s success thus far in dealing with North Korea, which was a significant contrast from his “Rocket Man” rhetoric against Kim Jong-un a year ago. He asserted, “We had highly productive conversations and meetings, and we agreed that it was in both countries’ interest to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Since that meeting, we have already seen a number of encouraging measures that few could have imagined only a short time ago. The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled.”

Overall Trump’s speech was a refreshing example of good American leadership and an encouraging update on his administration’s successful foreign policy thus far. And the one theme that ran throughout Trump’s message was simple: America stands for sovereignty, not elitist globalism.

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