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President Trump returns to the United Nations


“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,” President Donald J. Trump said in a major speech at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) today.

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

Last year in New York, President Trump outlined a vision at the U.N. of strong, sovereign nations working together to confront the biggest scourges facing Western civilization in the 21st century. He cited three threats in particular—North Korea, Iran, and ISIS—that required decisive action in the months ahead.

One year later, bold American diplomacy has diminished each of these threats:

  • The historic Singapore Summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un marked the first-ever face-to-face meeting between a U.S. President and a North Korean head of state. At the summit, the two leaders committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Just last week, leaders from North and South Korea and began drafting a plan to achieve that vision.
  • When President Trump took office, ISIS represented one of the biggest threats to the world. By changing the rules of engagement on the ground, President Trump empowered U.S. commanders with broader authority to eradicate the terrorist network. That strategy paid dividends: With the help of our allies, all Iraqi territory has been liberated from ISIS control.
  • On Iran, President Trump used last year’s UNGA speech to reiterate his profound objections to a nuclear deal that put the interests of diplomats ahead of the Iranian people—and, indeed, peaceful people the world over. In May, the President made good on his promise to withdraw America from that deal, reimposing sanctions to deter Tehran’s malign activities.

Embracing “peace through strength,” President Trump has presided over a remarkable year in American foreign policy. Today in New York, he built on last year’s message to world leaders, making it clear that the work is only just beginning. 

“Sovereign and independent nations are the only vehicle where freedom has ever survived, democracy has ever endured, or peace has ever prospered,” President Trump said. “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.”

President Trump returns to the U.N.—with new evidence for ‘peace through strength’

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