UN Highlights: Trump Touts Victories Trade and Anti-Terror Policies

Alex Hall | September 25, 2018
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Speaking to the massive assembly of world leaders President Trump made one of the finest speeches of his long career. He specifically noted the progress made on many of his key issues. Here's a few highlights.

"Thanks to the United States military and our partnership with many of your nations, I am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty killers known as ISIS have been driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria. We will continue to work with friends and allies to deny radical Islamic terrorists any funding, territory or support, or any means of infiltrating our borders."

It should be noted that many of Trump’s base saw him as the anti-war vote in the election. While Trump made it clear that he would take action if Assad used illegal chemical weapons, he was proud of the fact he had not destabilized the region and suffocated ISIS by refusing to topple its enemies for them. 

 

He later moved on to the topic of trade, which he has been famous for discussing since his appearance on Oprah in 1988 where he first suggested his willingness to run for the presidency. His words today truly seemed to be a fulfillment of that ambition:

"We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.

...For this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals.

Last month, we announced a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. And just yesterday, I stood with President Moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new U.S.-Korea trade deal. And this is just the beginning.

Many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change. For example, countries were admitted to the World Trade Organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based. While the United States and many other nations play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor. They engage in relentless product dumping, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property.

The United States lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs, nearly a quarter of all steel jobs, and 60,000 factories after China joined the WTO. And we have racked up $13 trillion in trade deficits over the last two decades.

But those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse. We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.

The United States has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese-made goods for a total, so far, of $250 billion. I have great respect and affection for my friend, President Xi, but I have made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. China’s market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated.

As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our national interest."

This particular section of his speech had the same amount of Trumpian punch that his fans are used to, while also being spoken diplomatically for an audience of world leaders. 

President Trump then took time to summarize America's unique ideas, core values, and national destiny:

"We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.

America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.

...we know what kind of future we want for ourselves. We know what kind of a nation America must always be.

In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we prize the culture that sustains our liberty -– a culture built on strong families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes, we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country."

He then pivoted, nodding to other nations' uniqueness as well, extolling on the virtues of unique cultural heritage, achievements, and ideas among separate nations, each pursuing their own distinct path: 

"Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.

The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.

Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better.

...So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. And let us come here to this place to stand for our people and their nations, forever strong, forever sovereign, forever just, and forever thankful for the grace and the goodness and the glory of God.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world."

With this closure, Trump managed to simultaneously send a peaceful message to the nations of the world while also affirming America's biblical religious roots. 

 

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