President Donald J. Trump leveled several programs run by the United Nations during his speech to the UN General Assembly Tuesday.
“I spoke before this body last year and warned that the U.N. Human Rights Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution, shielding egregious human rights abusers while bashing America and its many friends,” Trump said. “So the United States took the only responsible course: We withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted.”
Trump is certainly correct about the UNHCR. In 2015, the Council appointed Saudi Arabia to a panel “that selects top officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide.”
The Islamic nation has a terrible human rights record, including beheadings, torture, murdering reporters, stoning adulterers and just recently afforded women the opportunity to obtain drivers licenses.
He also took time to bash the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court,” he said. “As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.”
Trump said that he “America is governed by Americans” and United States “rejects globalism” and “embraces the doctrine of patriotism.”
In true form, Trump also pointed out how strong America’s economy has become under his leadership.
“America’s economy is booming like never before. Since my election, we’ve added $10 trillion in wealth. The stock market is at an all-time high in history, and jobless claims are at a 50-year low. African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have all achieved their lowest levels ever recorded. We’ve added more than 4 million new jobs, including half a million manufacturing jobs.”
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