President Trump’s first speech in front of the United Nations happened earlier this week. The speech signaled an end to the apology tour of the former administration.
“As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first,” said President Trump.
It was a clear signal to the world of the end of ‘leading from behind’.
The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.
If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.
Trump’s first speech called out rogue nations (Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela) and the precarious position that the past administration’s weak foreign policy has placed the United States in.
“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,” President Trump stated in his remarks.
President Trump’s first speech took particular aim at the leader of North Korea, saying that, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
“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,” said President Trump.
On Venezuela, President Trump landed a Reaganesque line: “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. ”
Reactions varied widely, with liberal mainstream media outlets predictably panning it. The NY Times called it “combative” and the LA Times called it “needlessly offensive.”
The Washington Post’s main headline characterized the speech as “defiant” while another said it was “menacing.” While CNN’s Chris Cilliza headline read, “The most Trumpian paragraph in Trump’s very Trumpian United Nations speech.”
It would appear that these outlets still do not understand what the 2016 election was about.
America’s strongest ally, however, loved it.
In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 19, 2017
Watch President Trump’s first UN speech for yourself:
Full text of President Trump’s first speech to the UN are found at WhiteHouse.gov.