Trump to UN: “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the ideology of patriotism”

Donald Trump has just finished his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

Full text of Trump’s speech here.

Today, I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we’ve made.

In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
America’s — so true. (Laughter.) Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay. (Laughter and applause.)

The audience was quite different to his usual self-lauding rallies where his grandiose claims are accepted without question or sniggering.

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.

We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history. We’ve started the construction of a major border wall, and we have greatly strengthened border security.

We have secured record funding for our military — $700 billion this year, and $716 billion next year. Our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been before.

In other words, the United States is stronger, safer, and a richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago.

We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are also standing up for the world.

That’s a bit contradictory.

This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere.

Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on Earth.

That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination.

His attempts at coercion and his threats receive more attention than cooperation.

With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace.

I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs.

There is a lot still to be done in US-North Korean relations.

In the Middle East, our new approach is also yielding great strides and very historic change.

That’s highly debatable.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have pledged billions of dollars to aid the people of Syria and Yemen. And they are pursuing multiple avenues to ending Yemen’s horrible, horrific civil war.

The ongoing tragedy in Syria is heartbreaking. Our shared goals must be the de-escalation of military conflict, along with a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. In this vein, we urge the United Nations-led peace process be reinvigorated. But, rest assured, the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime.

Two brutal ongoing civil wars does not look like progress, and that’s just the current violence besetting the Middle East.

Every solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a strategy to address the brutal regime that has fueled and financed it: the corrupt dictatorship in Iran.

Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.

No progress there.

This year, we also took another significant step forward in the Middle East. In recognition of every sovereign state to determine its own capital, I moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

That may have been progress applauded by the Israeli government, but it was not widely supported and did nothing to resolve the Palestinian problems.

The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That aim is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts.

Yeah, right.

America’s policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again. This is true not only in matters of peace, but in matters of prosperity.

We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.

Instead under trump they are trying to use their size and power to force trade agreements favourable to the US.

For decades, the United States opened its economy — the largest, by far, on Earth — with few conditions. We allowed foreign goods from all over the world to flow freely across our borders.

Yet, other countries did not grant us fair and reciprocal access to their markets in return.

“Few conditions” and the one-sideness of this is debatable.

For this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals.

Trade deals done in good faith between the US and other countries.

Last month, we announced a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. And just yesterday, I stood with President Moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new U.S.-Korea trade deal. And this is just the beginning.

Many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change. For example, countries were admitted to the World Trade Organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based. While the United States and many other nations play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor. They engage in relentless product dumping, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property.

But those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse. We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.

The United States has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese-made goods for a total, so far, of $250 billion. I have great respect and affection for my friend, President Xi, but I have made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. China’s market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated.

Trump has openly precipitated (and bragged about winning) a trade war that may have serious repercussions to trade around the world, including New Zealand. Slapping on massive tariffs is not a great way of “systematically renegotiating” trade deals.

As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our national interest.

That’s pretty much the aim of any country.

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.

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.

For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court. 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 wants no international accountability on human rights and international justice.

America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.

Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.

Here in the Western Hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers.

It has been the formal policy of our country since President Monroe that we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in our own affairs.

Highly ironic given the history of US interference in other countries.

The United States is also working with partners in Latin America to confront threats to sovereignty from uncontrolled migration. Tolerance for human struggling and human smuggling and trafficking is not humane.

Illegal immigration funds criminal networks, ruthless gangs, and the flow of deadly drugs. Illegal immigration exploits vulnerable populations, hurts hardworking citizens, and has produced a vicious cycle of crime, violence, and poverty. Only by upholding national borders, destroying criminal gangs, can we break this cycle and establish a real foundation for prosperity.

But it’s not this simple. Many of those trying to immigrate into the US are trying to escape human struggling and suffering. The US has a right to stop illegal immigrants, but that doesn’t address a lot of suffering.

Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make their countries great again.

A good ideal, but Trump’s actions don’t fit with helping with this.

Virtually everywhere socialism or communism has been tried, it has produced suffering, corruption, and decay. Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression. All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.

That doesn’t fit with “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions.”

We are grateful for all the work the United Nations does around the world to help people build better lives for themselves and their families.

The United States is the world’s largest giver in the world, by far, of foreign aid.

Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends. And we expect other countries to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense.

That won’t do anything towards making broken countries ‘great again’.  It exacerbates ‘them versus us’.

The United States is committed to making the United Nations more effective and accountable. I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential. As part of our reform effort, I have told our negotiators that the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. This will encourage other countries to step up, get involved, and also share in this very large burden.

Perhaps paying and doing less will leave gaps for other countries to step up into, but I’m not sure that will lead to outcomes that the US will want to see.

Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the U.N.’s highest aspirations. We must pursue peace without fear, hope without despair, and security without apology.

One of the biggest problems with the Security Council is the power of veto by the US and six other countries. No sign of addressing that.

The whole world is richer, humanity is better, because of this beautiful constellation of nations, each very special, each very unique, and each shining brightly in its part of the world.

In each one, we see awesome promise of a people bound together by a shared past and working toward a common future.

As for Americans, we know what kind of future we want for ourselves. We know what kind of a nation America must always be.

In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we prize the culture that sustains our liberty -– a culture built on strong families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes, we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country.

Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.

The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.

Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better.

This sounds very written. It doesn’t sound at all like Trump at his rallies.

To unleash this incredible potential in our people, we must defend the foundations that make it all possible. Sovereign and independent nations are the only vehicle where freedom has ever survived, democracy has ever endured, or peace has ever prospered. And so we must protect our sovereignty and our cherished independence above all.

When we do, we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us. We will find new passion for peacemaking rising within us. We will find new purpose, new resolve, and new spirit flourishing all around us, and making this a more beautiful world in which to live.

So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. And let us come here to this place to stand for our people and their nations, forever strong, forever sovereign, forever just, and forever thankful for the grace and the goodness and the glory of God.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world.

A pity about the God references.

There is a lot of carefully thought through and written rhetoric in this speech. There is nothing particularly new or divisive or derisive. It’s hardly ground changing or world changing.

There is a clash between two things – patriotism and self interests for individual nations (particularly the US), and the need for international cooperation. A functional peaceful world requires a balance of both. I’m not sure that Trump himself understands balance.




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  1. artcroft

     /  26th September 2018

    Superficial nonsense from Trump. When has America not pursed its own self-interest? From Vietnam to Iraq they invaded countries to advance their own interests (and possibly those of Israel). They embraced an open economy because they wanted to buy cheap cars, tv’s and gaming consoles. Now they see the downside and want to try another path. But self-interest has always been the decisive factor.

    • Gezza

       /  26th September 2018

      I’m sure the usual TBS sufferers here will lap tRump’s hypocritical bullshit up & tell us it was brilliant. We’ll see.

      • David

         /  26th September 2018

        Sunny day in Christchurch and I am getting my Range Rover ceramic coated today so too excited to care about how great Trump is making the world.

        • Gezza

           /  26th September 2018

          Cool. Is it getting mounted on a plinth outside the Council Chambers after that ? o_O

        • Blazer

           /  26th September 2018

          getting the Raj Rover coated is exciting?… 😦

          • David

             /  26th September 2018

            Hell yes. I am on a bus ow which is a new experience and can read Trumps speech in full

            • Gezza

               /  26th September 2018

              No suspension?

            • David

               /  26th September 2018

              It wasnt too bad and the bus driver made a special stop for me which was sweet of her. I have this very cool air suspension system and in Christchurch its pretty much useless because the roads are ruined however it does lower down when you get in and out which is pretty cool.
              I am easily amused.

    • Corky

       /  26th September 2018

      Arty..self interest won the West. Along with a little leading of pesky Injuns.

  2. Griff.

     /  26th September 2018

    A speech by the leader of the United States of America and the stuffed shirts in the UN laughed at him.
    As to the rest
    Someone writes a fancy speech.
    Marketing bull.

    • Gezza

       /  26th September 2018

      Commentary on Aljaz from their UN reporter James Bays was that the laughter was because they were all so staggered & bemused he’d come to deliver a [use proper capitalisation] rally speech to the UN.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  26th September 2018

    The epitome of inverse totalitarianism … Trump is saying what the disaffected American public seem to want to hear … and making a few token gestures … while globalized capitalism continues merrily on its way …

    To exaggerate for effect: The words are precisely the opposite of the actions … NewSpeak.

    “A functional peaceful world requires a balance of both [patriotism and international cooperation]. I’m not sure that Trump himself understands balance.”

    What Trump clearly understands is: The dysfunctional world of politics which drives the [equally dysfunctional] global economy requires a gross imbalance of both … and indeed of almost everything …

    • Corky

       /  26th September 2018

      ” I’m not sure that Trump himself understands balance.”

      Oh, he understands. It’s just the world doesn’t understand international cooperation. As Trump says: America has been everyone’s piggy bank.

      You redeemed yourself in your final paragraph.

  4. Corky

     /  26th September 2018

    ”In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
    America’s — so true. (Laughter.) Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay. (Laughter and applause.)

    That laughter may have won Trump a second term in office. It was so important on so many levels.

    And its true. I have been saying what he said for a long time. I would modify his speech to this:

    ”In less than two years, my administration has accomplished, and tried to accomplish, more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  26th September 2018
  6. admiralvonspee

     /  26th September 2018

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    Halfway there, Don.

  7. Gezza

     /  26th September 2018

    I watched his speech live on Aljaz tv. He basically told every nation there they should be fiercely nationalistic not internationalistic in outlook and do whatever is in their own national interest like the US will.

    The obvious problem picked up on straight away by Aljaz commenters was that when all the powerful countries do this they inevitably find their interests conflict and of course this is what’s happening because the US decides its national interest overrides everybody else’s, made worse by this egotistical ninny in charge and the sabre-rattling John Bolton. Hopefully Mattis can keep em in check.

    A lot of time spent justifying why the US should not be accountable to anybody, with the attempt to justify it by saying everybody should be the same.

    Honestly the whole speech reeked of blinkered hypocritical President of The World Syndrome.

    A couple of things I’m going to be interested in is that a number of countries are now starting to realise that the US is blatantly using its military and economic might to bully everyone into doing what’s in its national interest and moves may be getting underway to look at altering the economic structures so that America no longer has this stranglehold, and are also starting to talk about developing stronger regional defence and policing policies that don’t rely on the US, seeing they’re not reliable and too quick to strong-arm their host countries.

    Macron gave a speech that included references to this, & the EU has just set up an alternative economic structure that they hope enables them to get around Trump’s sanctions and continue to trade with Iran – although it’s uncertain if enough countries will particpate for fear of retaliation by the US.

    Much of Macron’s speech seemed quite rambling – but a strong component of it was that poverty & the wealth imbalance between Western and other rich countries and poorer countries is what is behind many of the world’s current conflicts & needs to be addressed before they will go away.

    • Corky

       /  26th September 2018

      The sniggering and laughing would have allowed those who have been on the receiving end of Trumps sharp tongue, to get a little of their own back. Tension was relieved. And of course, who takes a fool everyone is laughing at seriously? That allows Trump to get on with business while stirring patriotic fever. How dare people laugh at America.

    • David

       /  26th September 2018

      “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

      Self interest often spreads benefits indirectly to others, Trump,s perky economy has seen our exports of wine to the US grow in value by 6% last year and these wine growers will pay loads of tax and we as a country can now give $800 to every meth user who has buggared up a state house.

  8. David

     /  26th September 2018

    The internationalist position has been severely put to the sword in recent times one only has to look at the results of elections in Europe over the last several years and then Brexit and the rise of the far right.
    Being patriotic or looking after ones own self interest to hark back to Adam Smith often results in the best outcomes for society. Trump is nakedly America first and the evidence that this has been beneficial for America is in every economic stat you care to mention, behind every stat is someone with a new job, a pay rise or coming off welfare and food stamps..real and tangible outcomes not just upset and ridicule at words. If someone from the EU where there are youth unemployment rates at 30% decides to snigger and look down their nose at Trumps words they should be turfed out of office, they are missing whats important and that is people.

    • Blazer

       /  26th September 2018

      hello… America has been nakedly America first ..since…forever

      you will be a New Zealand FIRST voter …no doubt!

      • PartisanZ

         /  26th September 2018

        Oh God … the ‘free market’ globalization worms are turning …

        What the _______ is going on?

        “Missing what’s important and that is people” WTF? … I thought markets were important … Free markets … International free markets … Don’t the economic benefits just “trickle down” to the people … the units of production and consumption …

        “Behind every stat is someone with a new job in America” … OMG! … and presumably someone NOT “lifted out of poverty” in the Third and Emerging World’s economies?

        We’ve done with them have we? Most of them earn $1.90 US a day now … that’s enough for them to get to the garbage dump each day and home again …

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th September 2018

    Put simply, globalism removes power from the people and puts it in the hands of the political elite and bureaucracies.

    Trump is all about addressing that which is why the establishment and socialists hate him.

    The above comments illustrate the point.

    • Gezza

       /  26th September 2018

      Yes he puts power in the hands of some rather dodgy people and business.

    • PartisanZ

       /  26th September 2018

      @Alan – “Put simply, globalism removes power from the people and puts it in the hands of the political elite and bureaucracies.”

      So … Let me get this straight Alan … Now you don’t like ‘free market’ globalization, is that correct?

      Globalization concentrated wealth & power in the hands of corporate-political elites and their wholey-owned governments in order to undo protectionism and bring us cheap cars, trinkets and gadgets, primary exports and ‘foreign investment’ … while still maintaining a false semblance of full-ish employment via their governments’ bureaucracies …

      International free-flow trade whereby we can export cheese to Canada and import cheese from Canada … SO SENSIBLE! ….

      But now you wanta go back to protectionism … like Trump does …?

      I’m confused. But if it’s “the establishment” that doesn’t like him they must be the ‘duped’ establishment? And if its socialist’s they must be the stupid socialists … because, under Muldoon’s protectionism … didn’t we become a socialist state …

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  26th September 2018

        Trump doesn’t want to go back to protectionism, merely to fight fire with fire against those who employ it against the US.

  10. sorethumb

     /  26th September 2018
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  12. wooden goat

     /  26th September 2018

    The “Trump-haters” of the world have a few inconvenient facts to get past –

    * The US economy roaring ahead like a battleship.
    * Record low unemployment (including black unemployment).
    * Black-owned businesses increasing by 400% over the last 2 years.
    * **Massive** cuts in “red tape” – IIRC, 16 laws axed for every new law brought in.
    * Big tax cuts (which may well end up bringing in *more* tax revenue as the economy expands).
    * Immigration under control.

    There is no doubt at all that as the UK and Western Europe become Islamised (with their out-of-control immigration) and bankrupted (due to massively-increased costs – welfare, housing, crime, due to said immigration ) – Trump will end up having the last laugh.

    The haters cam say what they like but the facts speak for themselves.

  13. Blazer

     /  26th September 2018

  1. Trump to UN: “We reject the ideology of globalism and accept the ideology of patriotism” — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition

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