President Trump Calls Out “Rocket Man.” Challenges World Leaders in UN Speech.
President Trump gave a resoundingly pro-American, pro-freedom, and pro-commitment to world peace speech in his first address to the United Nations Tuesday, as he called upon world leaders to put forward the interests of their nations and the world by standing against oppressive regimes and failed ideologies the world over.
As he has made abundantly clear from day one as President of the United States, Trump told the world that he will pursue what is in the best interest of the American people. This need not lead to conflict, rather to negotiations where all nations can achieve what is in their people’s best interests.
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.
All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.
But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.
The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.
One of the specific targets of his condemnation was Kim Jong Un—Rocket Man. His use of a mocking term, which he had tweeted out to the world a few days before, only further illustrated his willingness to forgo the typical niceties of “diplomacy” and call things as he sees him—the Trump you see and hear on twitter is the real Trump, for better or worse, and that transparency is one thing the endears him to his supporters.
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…
No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the wellbeing 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.
We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later. We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.
If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life…
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. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.
It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future.
Though he is not polished in his speech, and lacks for charisma, President Trump showed true leadership on Monday, as he called on the world to stand up and take action, rather than the “show” that so often takes the place of real leadership at the U.N. Hopefully the world leaders gathered will listen.
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