Trump to UN: America First

Trump to UN: America First

Trump stayed firm on foreign policy in his first address to the United Nations.

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United States President Donald Trump speaks during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK CITY, New York (TPN) — President Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly Monday in a speech that covered everything from the U.S. economy to the tensions with North Korea and Iran.

He began his speech by going over the progress that has been made since he took office in regards to jobs, the economy, and the stock market. It was not long after this that he made the pivot to discussing the United States presence in the world, and the steps we are taking to protect ourselves and our allies. He announced that the United States will be spending 700 billion dollars on our military and defense, and that soon our military will be the strongest it has ever been.

From this point, he turned his attention to Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime, and some of the horrific acts of inhumanity that his regime has perpetrated. The president said “No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea…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”.

After verbally skewering North Korea, Trump moved on to another American enemy: Iran. The president said “the Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy”. The President then went on to urge the assembly to join the United States “in demanding that Irans government end its pursuit of death and destruction”. President Trump then called on the Iranian regime to release all of the American citizens it is holding prisoner.

In addition to calling out North Korea and Iran, president Trump also took the time to call out the UN itself. He brought up the fact that “the United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more”. Trump has long been a critic of the UN but he also took this time to point out what great potential the organization has if all its members truly work together to pursue a more peaceful world. This was President Trumps first speech to the UN and he did not disappoint. He touched on many of the topics that his base is passionate about in regards to foreign affairs, and he seemed much more like he was during the campaign; unapologetically American. His speech earned him the praise of many world leaders, including the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu tweeted a response to Trumps speech shortly after Trump concluded his remarks to the assembly. He said that he had “never heard a bolder or more courageous speech” in his 30 years of U.N. experience. While his speech earned much praise abroad, it has been met with contempt by the left and the mainstream media at home.

His speech earned him the praise of many world leaders, including the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu tweeted a response to Trump’s statement shortly after Trump concluded his remarks to the assembly. He said that he had “never heard a bolder or more courageous speech” in his 30 years of U.N. experience. While his speech earned much praise abroad, it has been met with contempt by the left and the mainstream media at home.

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