Trump’s speech to the UN

Donald Trump has championed patriotism and slammed globalism and a number of countries in his speech to the 2019 United Nations General Assembly.

The president’s tone was was described as “steady and somber” (Fox) and “a somber monotone, rarely punctuating words or pausing for emphasis’ (WP) but “his message to world leaders was clear”.

Fox News: Trump slams open-border activists for ‘evil’ agenda, decries Iran ‘bloodlust’ in fiery UN speech

President Trump, in a fiery address Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly, tore into open-border activists for pushing what he described as an “evil” agenda under the “cloak” of social justice, while warning Iran to abandon its confrontational course and delivering arguably his most robust defense yet of his nationalist philosophy.

“Today, I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice: Your policies are not just, your policies are cruel and evil,” he said, accusing them of promoting human smuggling and the “erasure of national borders.”

“You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives and well-being of countless innocent people. When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.”

The president’s tone was steady and somber. But the message was that of a muscular nationalism that he has spent the better part of three years defining. As part of his speech, he later ripped into social media giants, media groups and academics — whom he accused of being part of a “permanent political class” that sought to undermine the will of the people.

“Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their country first. The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots,” he said earlier in the speech. “The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

He advised member states, “If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your nation.”

He accused Iran’s leaders of “fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen,” and of “squandering their nation’s wealth in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.”

Washington Post: Trump condemns globalism, touts nationalistic view of foreign affairs at U.N.

President Trump leveled one of his harshest critiques of globalism on Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly, promoting the “America First” approach that has defined his presidency on issues of defense, trade and immigration before a body built on multilateral cooperation.

Trump read the address in a somber monotone, rarely punctuating words or pausing for emphasis, but his message for the 74th session of the annual gathering of world leaders was clear.

“The future does not belong to globalists,” Trump said. “The future belongs to patriots.”

He argued that a globalist worldview had “exerted a religious pull over past leaders, causing them to ignore their own national interests,” and called on other nations to “embrace its national foundations.”

Trump also emphasized his desire to limit the United States engagement around the world militarily.

“The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation,” he said during his 37-minute address. “We desire peace, cooperation, and mutual gain with all. But I will never fail to defend America’s interests.”

He also took a hard line against Iran, arguing that the governing regime was “squandering the nation’s health” and vowed to “stop Iran’s path toward nuclear weapons.”

“All nations have a duty to act. No responsible government should subsidize Iran’s blood lust. As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened. Iran’s leaders will have turned a proud nation into just another precautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power riches.”

Some mixed messages there, which isn’t unusual with Trump.

Trump highlighted the United States’ “ambitious campaign to reform international trade” and stressed his desire to complete separate bilateral trade agreements with the United Kingdom and Japan.

“For decades, the international trading system has been easily exploited by nations acting in bad faith. As jobs were outsourced, a small handful grew wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Most emblematic of his approach on trade, Trump said, was with China, with which the United States has been embroiled in an escalating trade war.

China, Trump said, has “embraced an economic model dependent on massive market barriers, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation, product dumping … and a theft of intellectual property.” Trump called for an overhaul of the World Trade Organization, arguing that China should not be able to “game the system at others’ expense” through it.

Politico: Trump’s full U.N. speech at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly

 

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  1. This is unlikely to have been given much attention outside Aotearoa:

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    • Corky

       /  25th September 2019

      President Trump would need an aid to remind him who NZ was if asked today. To be fair, NZ has always enjoyed hating the yanks..typified by a Labour government, who needed a distraction at the time, coming up with our Nuclear Free Legislation. Of course, there was and is consequences for that action, regardless of what fine words are spoken.

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      • Gezza

         /  25th September 2019

        I think we had a few issues with the yanks over the nuclear arms race, atmospheric nuclear testing (we took a dim view of the frogs for that too) Vietnam (altho when heavied by Johnson, & probably the ozzers, we sent a few gunners), & the US (illegal & fkn stupid) invasions of Afghanistan & Iraq – the aftermath of both of which the buggers have managed to suck us into again.

        The nuclear ships ban looks a bit OTT now, with the benefit of hindsight, sure, but it was a big issue in the West at the time so we were not so off the wall there as you seem to suggest.

        It also marked us out as having big enuf cojones to set our own foreign & defence policies – unlike the ozzers – who are happy to get treated as a US military vassal state in the South Pacific (altho at least they’ve got F/A 18’s & all we have is a few choppers & some ancient hercs n orions – embarrassing!).

        And it showed us: “Never trust the bloody frogs !”

        Apart from the fact Trump’s an Amerika First, Everywhere ignoramus, our relationship with the US is pretty good these days & will probably stay that way. If our PM upsets the loon, at last we’ll all get a ranting tweet within 10 minutes so we can take action to massage his ego & get out of the grotney pudding if necessary.

        A good man to deal with Trump in that case might be Winston Peters. 👍🏼

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        • Gezza

           /  25th September 2019

          🌸

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  25th September 2019

            The only person I know who spent time working on and in nuclear powered ships nearly died of cancer a few years ago; a young American woman.

            Yeah, bloody Froggies….

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  2. Full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing… President Trump’s ambitious campaign to irreparably divide and damage America while he empowers his own criminality…

    Much like the Clown Prince in the UK, who has just been pinged by the Supreme Court there for lying to the Queen to prorogue parliament.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  25th September 2019

      Life’s a tale told by an idiot….

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    • Lou Graham

       /  25th September 2019

      Signifying nothing…?..well, it was just a speech. But as a statement clearly outlining a value system to move the world forwards, it was superb, of course…

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      • Gezza

         /  25th September 2019

        Rampant private gun ownership. militarising, insulting opponents & other countries via Twitter, threatenng some abhorrent regimes & supporting & arming others if they buy your weapons – and spreading ignorance, bullshit, narcissism & fake news? Which of those valuws of his were you thinking of ?

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        • Evidently those are values Lou values

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          • Gezza

             /  25th September 2019

            Hard to say. Not much to go with that comment of his. Trump supporters usually have some axe to grind (e.g. against lefties, liberals, females, feminists, Democrats, etc) & just pick some aspect of Trump’s chaotic rud, arrogant, narcissistic, ignorant ramblings they agree with & conclude that he’s a genius because they quirtly ssem to think think they are, & they agree with him.

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            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              😳
              *rud = rude.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  25th September 2019

              quirtly = quietly, ssem = seem ?

            • Corky

               /  25th September 2019

              Correct. And I make no apologies. Trumpy has been the best thing America has ever had regardless of his many character flaws. Just watch the next noddy who takes his place. In fact watch the noddy who replaces Jacinda next year. Their crushing mediocrity will drain these respective nations of their vitality and hope.

              Meanwhile, should Trumpy be impeached, his supporters are ready to rally. Them good ole boys will teach that nancy Nancy a lesson she won’t forget. That painted hussy is in for a shock.

              .

            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              quirtly = quietly, ssem = seem ?

              Er …yes, and yes. 😐

            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              Correct.
              Cheers, well-spotted.

              And I make no apologies.
              A notable characteristic.

              Trumpy has been the best thing America has ever had regardless of his many character flaws.
              Nope, Washington, Eisenhower, maybe Kennedy – although mainly in the civil rights arena and facing down Krushchev.

              Just watch the next noddy who takes his place. In fact watch the noddy who replaces Jacinda next year. Their crushing mediocrity will drain these respective nations of their vitality and hope.
              Maybe not wrong there. Most people I know including those who don’t like Trump think he will be re-elected because the Dems haven’t got a single inspiring candidate, cause & focus. All to selfish and greedy – so’s Trump, but, unlike them, he doesn’t bother much with pretending otherwise.

              Jury’s still out on whether Jacinda will be replaced. She’s still got the female & probably Maori vote sewn up. Bridges? Bastard cost me a $2 pack of jet planes on 1 July !

              Meanwhile, should Trumpy be impeached, his supporters are ready to rally. Them good ole boys will teach that nancy Nancy a lesson she won’t forget. That painted hussy is in for a shock.
              Trump most likely won’t be impeached. All a bit OTT.

            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              Spotted this earlier today. Looked interesting.

              What is US impeachment? Six things to know
              How does it work? Which presidents have been impeached? A guide to the US impeachment process.
              https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/impeachment-6-190510153644885.html

              Mustafa Shufti 😐

            • Corky

               /  26th September 2019

              ”Nope, Washington, Eisenhower, maybe Kennedy – although mainly in the civil rights arena and facing down Krushchev.”

              Different times; different issues. Trump took over when American had become the laughing stock of the world. America had become hopeless and effete. Nobody is laughing now. Yet through all this Trump hasn’t become a hawk…that’s the advantage of being a patriot – you tend to worry about your own back yard.

              But Trumps biggest attribute…he doesn’t hide behind nice words and standard operating practices expected of a sitting US president. He’s stripped the the bs from the office and shown how venal the US political system is as practiced by the Dems and Cons.

              He will go down as the greatest US president in living history provided the tariff war doesn’t backfire on him – that’s a real possibility.

              I can’t wait for his memoirs. It will be a best seller and stay at No1 for many weeks. Hell, that will produce some nice pocket change.

            • Gezza

               /  26th September 2019

              Nobody is laughing now.
              Half the globe is laughing. Xi Jinping might be a bit pistoff, true, but so far the hurt of Trump’s tariffs cuts at both ends; Americans must be dense as doorknobs if they think China’s paying the tariffs. The yanks are. And Xi is upgrading his military to keep up with Trump’s military. We have to keep watching that space.

              Putin’s laughing. Kim Jong Un is laughing. MBS & the rest of the Ssudi ratbags are laughing. Modi’s laughing. Everybody’s laughing at him – he’s head of the only global superpower, which makes him powerful but he’s an ignorant dickhead basing his policy on brain farts, ratings, & rushes of blood to the head(s).

              Yet through all this Trump hasn’t become a hawk…that’s the advantage of being a patriot – you tend to worry about your own back yard.
              BS Corky. Open your eyes. He’s interfering all over the world, having decided Amerika is the greatest country in the world & everybody must do what it wants, especially countries wherever it determines its strategic interests lie (which is often simply where some yankee corporates are making money likely as not arms dealing – war-mongering once-removed – & have Americans on the ground). Because otherwise he’ll wage war on you, economically if not militarily.

              He’s implementing Netanyahu’s Palestine & Middle Eastern policies; no doubt the family influence. Kushner (& Ivanka (duh) are Bibi’s best agents.

              But Trumps biggest attribute…he doesn’t hide behind nice words and standard operating practices expected of a sitting US president. He’s stripped the the bs from the office and shown how venal the US political system is as practiced by the Dems and Cons.
              More BS. He hides behind nice words all the time. He even has nice words for the NRA & white supremacists. And ordinary folk. It’s just that he has no cimpunction about lying & not living up to the nice words. Never has, throughout his life & career. A fraud & a cheat.

              He’s stripped the the bs from the office and shown how venal the US political system is as practiced by the Dems and Cons.
              Fark! There’s never in history been so much BS emanating from the White House. Lies like a flatfish. Makes shit up. Says stuff on video & then denies it….

              He will go down as the greatest US president in living history provided the tariff war doesn’t backfire on him – that’s a real possibility.
              No he won’t. He’ll go down in history as the reality tv President who sacked nearly all his staff, (except his family members) or who left because he was such a narcissistic dick to work for.

              I can’t wait for his memoirs. It will be a best seller and stay at No1 for many weeks. Hell, that will produce some nice pocket change.
              I wouldn’t bother to read them. They’d be written for tossers, basically, imo. By someone else, be ause otherwise they’d be all over the fkn place, like he is – altho he’ll then claim HE wrote them & there’ll be a law suit intended to bankrupt the unfortunate biographer.

              But he’ll make a lot of money from the hayseeds & the wannabe tuff guys.

  3. lurcher1948

     /  25th September 2019

    Impeach the orange buffoon,

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    • Corky

       /  25th September 2019

      I’m just trying to remember the other poster who dribbled on incessantly about how Trump will be impeached. He ran out of puff, as do all Trumpy’s opponents. Please feel free to join the club, Lurchy.😊👌

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      • Pink David

         /  25th September 2019

        Joe Blow wasn’t it? Disappeared when the Russian scam turned out to be nothing more than exactly what it was, something completely manufactured by the Dems to undermine the President.

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        • Corky

           /  25th September 2019

          That’s it. Old Joe. Spending his final days in a sub standard doss house. Apparently he mutters continually that the world ain’t fair. At least he got that right.

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          • Gezza

             /  25th September 2019

            Jeez. You’ll really upset her now ! Bloggs, Joe is a sheila.

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            • Corky

               /  25th September 2019

              That’s debatable. Any sheila spelling her name Joe, and not Jo, is suss.
              Could be a case of transgenderism.

            • Sorry, I meant non -binary person. Geez, life is getting so complicated.

            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              Any sheila spelling her name Joe, and not Jo, is suss.
              Well, yes…must admit, when Jo is the norm for a person of th female persuasion, spelling it Joe is always going to lead folk to the conclusion it’s a man. So, always seemed to me that it was intended to pick fights.

        • Duker

           /  25th September 2019

          ” something completely manufactured by the Dems to undermine the President.”

          Well we might say that if the Full Mueller report was released un- redacted AND with annexes….but Trump has put it under executive privilege as it totally exonerates him…totally!

          All those people who pleaded guilty and or where convicted might have a TEENY WEENY issue with ‘manufactured’

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      • lurcher1948

         /  25th September 2019

        I don’t remember mentioning you Corky,please don’t mention me or involve me in your trump love feast.

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        • Pink David

           /  25th September 2019

          Don’t worry cupcake, you will have at least 5 more years in which you can post ‘Impeach the orange buffoon,’

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          • Looks as if the wait won’t be quite that long. Trump looks as if he’s snatched defeat from the jaws of victory following his Ukraine scandal….

            https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/24/pelosi-impeachment-inquiry-trump-ukraine

            and the senate has just voted unanimously to force his administration to hand over the whistleblower complaint

            https://www.axios.com/senate-whistleblower-complaint-ukraine-38249a7e-83e9-4467-944b-8496df3157de.html

            Suddenly today is looking all impeaches and scream.

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            • Pink David

               /  25th September 2019

              Well, if that’s what you want to hitch your skirt to, go for it. The only person this is going take down is Joe Biden.

            • MaureenW

               /  25th September 2019

              Just in time for Hillary to announce her 2020 campaign. I read that she is currently on “Listening Tours”.

            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              Gawd. Learningg impaired, that woman. But don’t get me started Maureen. 😉

            • Duker

               /  25th September 2019

              Listening Tour ? Wasnt she dead ..or in a wheel chair ?
              Ohhh that was the fake news from a few years back that didnt turn out either

            • MaureenW

               /  25th September 2019

              I think that’s your fake news Duker, she has been actively engaged in blaming others for her loss, speaking at empty stadiums, and prepping for a 2020 run, while coyly pretending she is not (from what I understand).

            • Duker

               /  25th September 2019

              Even old orange haired one says she’s not running
              Crooked) Hillary Clinton confirms she will not run in 2020, rules out a third bid for White House,” Trump wrote. “Aw-shucks, does that mean I won’t get to run against her again? She will be sorely missed!”

            • They’re flirting .. she’s going to run – they haven’t got anyone .. Elizabeth Warren?

            • Duker

               /  25th September 2019

              It’s not just turn up, you have to register with the Federal Elections Commission if you even thinking of running….and declare money raised etc. Not a peep from Hils.
              Warren Biden and Sanders seem to be hogging healines and polls , no room for last times act

            • MaureenW

               /  25th September 2019

              Rules don’t apply to Clinton – so we’ll see.

            • Gezza

               /  25th September 2019

              Clinton won’t run. She’d only embarrass herself. Yesterday’s granny now.

            • MaureenW

               /  26th September 2019

              Clinton doesn’t do embarrassment either. She’s just announced that Donald Trump is “a clear and present danger”. They’ve moved sleepy Joe out of the way, look for a Clinton/Warren run.

            • Gezza

               /  26th September 2019

              @Maureen

              A Clinton/Warren run would see the total collapse of the hetero male vote for the Democrats. Never gonna happen. Even the most completely incompetent of political advisers would be telling them not to even think about going there ! 😮

              You’re only stirring, though, aren’t you ? Trying to get me started …. 😐

        • Corky

           /  25th September 2019

          ”I don’t remember mentioning you Corky,please don’t mention me or involve me in your trump love feast.”

          Just as I had to remind another poster, when you post on a blog..you don’t have screening rights. Got it? Only Pete has that right.

          But let’s not quibble, Lurchy. You should be thankful I include you in these discussions.
          At least you know one person on this blog is empathetic.😒

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  25th September 2019

            You are known to squawk loud and long when someone comments on something you have said, acting as if it’s a private conversation that they have joined in.

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  4. Corky

     /  25th September 2019

    ”President Trump, in a fiery address Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly, tore into open-border activists for pushing what he described as an “evil” agenda under the “cloak” of social justice.”

    It takes a non politician to show how dependent real politicians are on Left leaning social justice and political correctness. That’s not a criticism of the Left…that’s what they are about. More, it’s a criticism of the Right. They continually refuse to face these issues head on. Remember Nationals objection to the UN migration compact? That disappeared off their website when the Christchurch massacre happened? That’s the type of pandering I’m talking about.

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    • Gezza

       /  25th September 2019

      Wasn’t National going to sign us up to that Migration Compact anyway? It still allows countries to set their own immigration policies – maonly a bunch of reccomended practices I think. Altho when a country breaches it I expect the toothless UN would then whine about it, seeing they are powerless to stop the Security Council countries doing whatever the hell they want to in bullying other countries and are as useless as the League of Nations there, so they have to try & look kike they’re relevant in other arenas.

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  25th September 2019

    Trumps going to discover you cannot stiff a countries aid like he did to his employees subbies and everyone else with his numories bankruptcies, the mans an orange fraud, bedazzling the stupid easily lead fools
    PS they might struggle to find an orange jumpsuit to fit him

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    • Gezza

       /  25th September 2019

      Shouldn’t think so. With the size of their prison population, if here is anything to go, they’ll have plenty of plus size jump suits for fat bastards. 😐

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  6. Gezza

     /  25th September 2019

    This little chappie makes better speeches than Trump, though just as many squawks. Been delighting me all day, flitting up and down the stream with a smaller companion, and regularly returning to his bowl of sugar water for a top up. Thirsty work, singing your heart out, obviously. He’s getting very tame.

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  7. “the real trick in Trump’s defense is framing the call as the entire scandal. The scandal is much more than that. The call is a snapshot, a moment in time in a months-long campaign that put American policy toward Ukraine at the disposal of Trump’s personal interests and reelection campaign“

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/09/ukraine-scandal-trump-phone-call-giuiliani-pence-barr-mulvaney-impeachment.html

    This whole Ukraine thing seems to be spiralling out of control for the WH.

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