President Donald Trump delivered his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
President Trump reminded the UN that their purpose was not that of a bureaucratic-style world government, but an amalgamation of sovereign states whose power was based on the “individual strength of its members.” “The whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free”, the President told them.
“The whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free”, the President told them. He then went on to ask those present if they were patriots prepared to work for a “future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful earth.”
Speaking at the opening luncheon, President Trump praised the UN’s ability to maintain peace in the world:
“There is no better forum, there can be no better forum and certainly, there can be no better location where everybody comes together.”
The President continued:
“The potential of the United Nations is unlimited. You are going to do things that will epic, and I certainly hope you will, but I feel very, very confident.”
However, the President also criticised the UN for its record of allowing countries with atrocious human rights records on their human rights council:
“It is a massive embarrassment for the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.”
The President also turned his ire towards Venezuela, the Middle East, and North Korea.
Commenting on the situation in Venezuela he said, “the problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
Speaking on Afghanistan, President Trump stated the US’ policy would be dictated by circumstances, not arbitrary deadlines:
“From now on, our security interests will dictate the length and scope of military operations, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. I have also totally changed the rules of engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.”
He also indicated that the US may be backing out of the Iran nuclear deal, which he referred to as a national embarrassment:
“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.”
Finally, President Trump condemned North Korea’s record on human rights and nuclear weapons. He warned that their “reckless” pursuit of nuclear weapons threatened “the entire world with unthinkable loss of life.”
Echoing Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, President Trump went on to warn “rocket man” (the President’s nickname for Jim Jong Un) that the US would wipe the rogue communist state off the face of the earth if it attacked the US or one of her allies:
“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.”
Senator minority leader, the Democratic Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, commented that it was dangerous for President Trump to refer to Kim Jong Un as “rocket man”:
“If I were giving the President advice, I would have said, avoid using ‘rocket man’. “If I were giving the President advice, I would have said, avoid using ‘rocket man’. We know the leader of North Korea is erratic to put it kindly. That kind of language is risky.”
On a more positive note, many are praising the President for his no-nonsense speech. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted:
“In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.”