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Trump to UN: ‘Strong, sovereign nations,’ Rocket Man, key quotes and reactions

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President Donald Trump has given his long-awaited address to the United Nations. In his speech, he covered several topics, but his main point was that the UN will only be effective if strong, sovereign nations worked together for results.

  • “To put it simply, we meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril.”
  • “In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign.”
  • “You should all put your countries first.”

Trump scolded the Russians with an indirect reference to Ukrainian sovereignty. He spent considerable time threatening the “depraved regime” of North Korea.

  • “It is an outrage” that some nations continue to trade with North Korea.
  • Threat to North Korea: “denuclearization is their only option.”
  • America is prepared to completely destroy North Korea

Then on to Iran:

  • “We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and indeed to tear up the entire world.”

Refugee resettlement should be done with a goal of returning the refugees to their sending nations.

  • “Out of the goodness of our hearts” we give financial support to countries with refugee issues.

Cuba:

  • “We will not lift sanctions” until Cuba makes human rights reforms

Venezuela:

  • A “cruel regime.”
  • “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
  • Trump called socialism and communism “cruel systems.”

Perspectives

Trump calls North Korea leader ‘rocket man’ at UN | Mallory Shelbourne, TheHill

http://thehill.com/policy/international/un-treaties/351321-trump-calls-north-korea-leader-rocket-man-at-un“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” Trump said during the speech in New York.

Trump first referred to Kim as “rocket man” on Sunday when mentioning a call he had with South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

“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.”

Trump tells the UN: ‘I will always put America first’ | Gabby Morrongiello, Washington Examiner

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-tells-the-un-i-will-always-put-america-first/article/2634862“Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just co-exist but work side-by-side on the basis of mutual respect,” the president said. He added that sovereign states “let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny.”

The president touted the U.S. as an example of a strong, sovereign nation that has declined “to impose our way of life on anyone.”

The Best Speech by President Trump So Far | The Resurgent

http://theresurgent.com/the-best-speech-by-president-trump-so-far/With President Trump we are not going to get the soaring rhetoric of Barack Obama or the happy smile and sentiment of George W. Bush. We are not going to get Reagan or Clinton. What we are going to get is a blunt instrument who understands he can occasionally use his bluntness to make real change. Today at the United Nations, President Trump bluntly told the UN that the US is going back to a foreign policy of a bygone era — one where we act with allies or alone for our real, not our idealized, national interest.

 

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Final thoughts

This was the best version of President Trump. He communicated his ideals clearly. He spoke truth about communism, socialism, despotism and the threats to our civilization. Certainly, the left and much of Trump’s media opposition will have a fun time dissecting the speech and going after bits and pieces. But I think the message was given, and was received.

Good Trump.

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