President Donald Trump delivered a powerful speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, and did not hold back on his ‘America first’ messaging.
Speaking to world leaders, President Trump was firm and fearless while referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” who is on “a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” He also asserted that the US would “totally destroy” North Korea, if we have to.
“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. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans. And for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more,” Trump stated, before mentioning Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was abused by the regime and died shortly after being returned to the US.
The president added that “no nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. 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. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
To solve the problem of North Korea, Trump called on the United Nations to “isolate the Kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior.”
Trump also spoke sharply on Iran and their support of terrorists.
“The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” Trump stated. “The longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are, in fact, its own people. Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian live, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.”
Trump also took direct aim at Barack Obama’s Iran deal, calling it an embarrassment to the United States.
“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, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me,” Trump said, while using his signature mannerisms.
As many within Trump’s base noted, he not only avoided calling for intervention, he took direct aim at it as not being an ideal method for handling the world’s problems.
“The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most,” Trump asserted to online cheers from his anti-intervention supporters. “This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access, tear down satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters, and imprison political reformers.”
During the speech, Trump also stated that, “in America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but, rather, to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch.”
On terrorism, Trump also didn’t hold back — calling Islamic terrorism out by name.
“We will stop radical islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation and, indeed, to tear up the entire world. We must deny the terrorists’ safe haven, transit, funding, and any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. We must drive them out of our nation. It is time to expose and hold responsible those countries whose support and finance terror groups like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and others that slaughter innocent people,” Trump stated.
The speech was reportedly written, at least partially, by his policy adviser Stephen Miller — one of the most popular voices left within the White House amongst Trump’s base.
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