President Trump delivered his first address at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, emphatically taking a stand for American patriotism and issuing stern warnings to global perpetrators. The President conveyed a harsh ultimatum to North Korea over its nuclear tests while singling out Iran as a “rogue nation” that continues to fund terror and to operate outside the parameters of the nuclear deal.
Here are The Foreign Desk’s five takeaways:
President Trump had sharp words for the North Korean regime, saying their recent nuclear tests and continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life.”
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself,” the President said, using a term he coined in recent days to describe the North Korean dictator. President Trump said there is no option left for Kim Jong Un but to denuclearize, or the U.S. “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
President Trump has been highly critical of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers, pushed forth by his predecessor President Obama. Trump made no attempt to hide his distaste for the agreement, calling the U.N.-backed deal “an embarrassment” to the U.S. He called on the Iranian government to “end its pursuit of death and destruction” and called for the immediate release of Americans and other world citizens “unjustly detained” by the Islamic regime. He called out Iran’s government for not meeting the needs of its people and instead funneling money to terrorists. “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 praised allies who were assisting in the fight against ISIS, emphasizing that nations were cooperating to “crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens” across the Middle East. He said the U.S. was looking for de-escalation in Syria but also looking to find a political solution that would be favorable for future of the Syrian people.
The president also blasted the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which, he said, “brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse,” and added that the U.S. is “prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.” “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” he said.
Trump used his inaugural address to underline his definition of “America first” by telling assembled world leaders that verbatim or not, their priorities should always be their respective countries, and as president, he was acting in the interests of the American people by putting them first.
“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. 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,” the President said.