President Trump’s speech before the U.N. yesterday was buried in the rush of other news.
Too bad about that because he spoke some truths you don’t often hear in D.C.
The New York Post editorial board noted:
That was some speech President Trump gave Tuesday at the UN General Assembly — making a case against globalism, blasting China and Iran and exposing border-activist policies as “cruel and evil.”
“The future does not belong to globalism,” he insisted, but to “sovereign and independent nations” that “respect their neighbors” and honor differences.
It’s not often you hear such utterances from a top Republican or Democrat, especially at such a gathering of world leaders. Yet it goes without saying that the more a nation defers to global power, the more it loses control over its destiny. (See: Brexit.)
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Trump also called out “radical” migrant activists, who “promote human smuggling” by encouraging illegal immigration. His message to them: “Your policies are not just” but “cruel and evil.” Migrants are “exploited” and abused by “vicious coyotes,” yet activists put their own “false sense of virtue” before the “well-being” of those on whose behalf they agitate.
Trump’s blunt message wasn’t just refreshing but sorely needed at this gathering of deceitful leaders and moral pretenders.
Vivian Salama of the Wall Street Journal also analyzed the speech:
In an address Tuesday at the United Nations, Mr. Trump articulated the America First outlook that he has used to define his presidency, urging other countries to place priority on their own citizens to ensure global peace and prosperity.
“The future does not belong to globalists,” he said. “The future belongs to patriots.”
Mr. Trump endorsed free and fair trade even as he defended his hawkish use of tariffs as a way to get countries around the world— including some close allies—to comply with his demands.
He assured the U.N. General Assembly meeting that the use of force was his last resort and pointed to efforts to engage with countries such as North Korea and Iran that have long been at odds with the U.S.
“Many of America’s greatest friends today were once its greatest foes,” he said. “The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation. We desire peace, cooperation, and mutual gain with all. But I will never fail to defend America’s interests.”
It was a serious speech with a heavy idea content.
As Washington becomes utterly dominated by impeachment talk, I urge you to read or listen to this important speech (Politico has it).