Full Speech: Trump at the UN general assembly – BBC News
Madam president mr. secretary-general world leaders ambassador’s and distinguished delegates 1 year ago I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall I addressed the threats facing our world and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for all of your manati today I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we’ve made in less than two years my Administration is a population more than almost any Administration in the history of our country America’s so true I didn’t expect that reaction but that’s okay America’s economy is booming like never before since election with added 10 trillion dollars and well the stock market is at an all-time high in history and jobless claims are at a 50-year low African-American Hispanic tracking an Asian-American unemployment have all achieved their lowest levels ever recorded we’ve added more than 4 million new jobs including half a million manufacturing jobs 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 wreck funding for our military seven hundred billion dollars this year and 716 billion dollars next year our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been before in other words the United States is stronger safer at a richer country that it was when I assumed office less than 2 years ago we are standing up for a and for the American people and we are also standing up for the world this is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving Everywhere We believe that when Nations respect the rights of their neighbors and defend the interest of their people they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety prosperity and peace each of us here today is the Emissary of a distinct culture a rich history and they people bound together by ties of memory tradition and the values that make are homelands like nowhere else on earth that is why America will always choose Independence and cooperation over global governance control and domination I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own Customs beliefs and traditions the United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship we only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return from Wausau to Brussels to Tokyo to Singapore it has been my highest honor to represent the United States abroad I have forged close relationships and friendships and strong Partnerships with the leaders of many nations in this room and our approach has always yield at incredible change with support from countries here today we have engaged with North Korea to replace the Spectre of conflict with a bold and new push for peace in June I traveled Singapore to meet face-to-face with North Korea’s leader chairman Kim Jong-un we had highly productive conversations and meetings and we agreed that it was in both countries in address to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula since that meeting we have already seen a number of encouraging measures that you could have imagined only a short time ago missiles and Rockets are no longer flying in every direction nuclear testing has stopped some military facilities are already being dismantled our hostages have been released and as promise the remains of our fallen heroes are being returned home to lay it rest in American soil I would like to thank chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken so much work remains to be done the sanctions will stay in place on till denuclearization occurs I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand far greater but for also their support and the critic support that we will all need going forward special thanks to president Moon of South Korea prime minister Abby of Japan and president XI of China in the Middle East our new approach is also yielding great strides and very historic change following my trip to Saudi Arabia last year the gulf countries opened a new center 2 forget terrorist financing they are enforcing new sanctions working with us to identify and track terrorist networks and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in the round region 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 ultimately it is up to the nations of the region to decide what kind of future they want for themselves and their children for that reason the United States is working with the gulf Corporation counsel Jordan and Egypt who established a regional strategic Alliance so that Middle Eastern Nations can Advanced Prosperity stability and security across their home region thanks to the United States military and our partnership with many of your Nations I am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty Killers known as Isis have been driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria we will continue to work with friends and allies to deny radical Islamic terrorists any funding territory or support or any means of infiltrating our borders the ongoing tragic in Syria is heartbreaking our shared goals must be the D escalation of military conflict along with a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people in this vein weirds the United Nations LED peace process be reinvigorated but rest assured the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed why the Assad regime I commend the people of Jordan and other neighboring countries for hosting refugees from this very brutal Civil War as we see in Jordan the most compassionate policy is to place refugees as close to their homes as possible to ease their eventual return to be part of the rebuilding process this approach also stretches finite resources to help far more people increasing the impact of every dollar spent every solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a strategy to address the brutal regime that is fueled and financed it the corrupt dictatorship in a ran translators so chaos death and destruction they do not respect their neighbors or Borders or The Sovereign rights of Nations instead I ran Slater’s plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread Mayhem across the Middle East and Far Beyond Uranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled millions of dollars for Marantz treasure she’s valuable portions of the account and looted the people’s religious endowments all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war not good around neighbors have paid a heavy toll for the Region’s agenda have a Gretchen and expansion that is why so many countries in the Middle East strongly supported my decision to withdraw the United States from the horrible 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimpose nuclear sanctions the Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders in the years since the deal was reached Iran’s military budget grew nearly 40% of a dictatorship use the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles increase internal repression Finance terrorism in fun topic and Slaughter in Syria and Yemen the United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda last month we began reimposing hard-hitting nuclear sanctions that have been lifted on additional sanctions will resume November 5th and won’t follow and we are working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases we cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons we cannot allow a regime the chance death to America and that threatens Israel with Annihilation to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on earth just can’t do it we asked all night things to isolate Iran’s regime as long as it’s aggression continues and we ask all nations to support a trans people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous Destiny’s 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 move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem the United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region including peace between he is Phillies and the Palestinians that am is Advanced not harmed by acknowledging the obvious facts 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 it matters of prosperity we believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal the United States will not be taken advantage of any longer for decades the United States opened its economy the largest by far on a with a few conditions we allowed foreign goods from all over the world to flow freely across our borders yet and reciprocal just do their markets in return even worse some countries abused their openness to dump their products subsidized that Goods Target air Industries I manipulate their currencies to gain unfair advantage over our country as a result our trade deficit balloon to nearly 800 billion dollars a year for this week we are systematically we negotiating broken and bad trade deals last month we announced a groundbreaking us Mexico Trade Agreement and just yesterday I stood with President moon to announce the successful completion of the brand-new u.s. career trade deal and this is just the beginning many nations in this whole 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 where the United States and many other nations play by the rules these countries use government-run industrial plant and state-owned Enterprises to rig the system in their favour they engage in Relentless product dumping forced technology transfer the theft of intellectual property the United States lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs nearly a quarter of All Steel jobs and 60,000 factories after China joined the WTO and we have racked up 13 trillion dollars in trade deficits over the last two decades but those days are over we will no longer tolerate such a buse we will not allow our workers to be victimized our company’s to be cheated and our wealth to be plundered and transfer America will never apologize for protecting its citizens the United States has just announced tariffs on another 200 billion dollars in chinese-made Goods the total so far of 250 billion dollars have great respect and affection for my friend president XI but I’ve made clear our trade and balance is just not acceptable China’s market distortions and the way they deal and not be tolerated as my Administration has demonstrated America will always act in our gnash no interest I spoke before this body last year and warned that the you and uman Rights Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution shielding egregious human rights abuses while bashing America and as many friends our ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley laid out a clear agenda for reform but the spike reported and repeated warnings no action at all was taken so United States took the only responsible course we withdrew from the Human Rights Council and we will not return until real reform is inactive for similar reasons the United States will provide no support and recognition to the international criminal court as far as America’s concern 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 Americas 70 to an unelected unaccountable Global bureaucracy America is governed by Americans we reject the ideology of globalism we embrace the doctrine of patriotism around the world responsible Nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from Global governance also from other new forms of coercion and domination in America we believe strongly in energy security for ourselves and for our allies we have become the largest energy producer anywhere on the face of the Earth the United States stands ready to export our abundant affordable supply of oil play call and natural gas OPEC & OPEC nations are as usual ripping off the rest of the world and I don’t like it nobody should like it we defend many of these nations for nothing and then they take advantage of us by giving us hi oil prices not good we want them to stop raising prices we want them to start lowering prices and they must contribute substantially two military protection from now on you’re not going to put up with it he’s horrible prices much longer Reliance on a single Farm Supply I can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation that is why we congratulate European states such as Poland for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs Germany will become totally dependent on rushing energy if it does not immediately change course here in the Western Hemisphere we are committed two 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 our nation’s in this Hemisphere and in our own Affairs the United States has recently strengthened our laws to better screen foreign investments in our country for National Security threats and we welcome cooperation with countries in this region and around the world that wish you do the same you need to do it for your own protection 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 to horrible thing that’s going on add levels that nobody is ever seen before it’s very very cruel illegal immigration funds criminal networks ruthless gangs and flow of deadly drugs illegal immigration to exploit vulnerable populations hurts hard-working citizens and has produced a vicious cycle of crime violence and poverty only by upholding national boards destroying criminal gangs can we break the cycle and establish a real foundation for prosperity recognize the right of every nation in this room to set its own immigration policy in accordance with its National interest just as we asked other countries to respect our own right to do the same which we are doing that is one reason the United States will not participate in the new Global compact on migration migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens ultimately the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful Futures in their home countries their countries great again currently we are witnessing a human tragedy as an example in Venezuela more than two million people have fled the anguish inflicted by the Socialist regime and its Cuban sponsors not long ago Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth today socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven is people into abject poverty virtually ever where Socialism or communism has been tried it has produced suffering corruption and Decay socialism’s first for power leads to expansion incursion oppression all nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone and that Spirit we asked the nation’s gathered here join us and calling for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela today we’re announcing additional sanctions against the repressive regime targeting mode where is Inner Circle and close advisors we are grateful for all of the work the United Nations does around the world to help people build better lives for themselves and their families United States world’s largest river in the world by far of foreign aid but few give anything to us that is why we are taking a hard look at us foreign assistance that will be headed up by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo we will examine what is working what is not working and whether the countries who Steve our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart moving forward we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly our our friends and we expect other countries to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense 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 negotiator is that the United States will not pay more than 25% of the UN peacekeeping budget this will encourage other countries to step up get involved and also share in this very large burden and we are working to shift more of our funding from assessed contributions to violin so that we can Target American resources to the programs with the best record of success only when each of us does are apart and contributes our share can we realize that you highest aspirations we must pursue peace without fear hope without Despair and security without apology looking around this hole we’re so much history has transpired we think of the many before us who have come here to address the challenges of their Nations and of their times and our thoughts turn to the Sea I’m question that ran through all their speeches and resolutions to every word and every hope it is the question of what kind of world will we leave for our children and what kind of Nations they will inherit the dreams that fill this whole today are as diverse as the people who have stood at sodium and as varied as the countries represented right here in this body are it really is something it really is great great history there is India a free Society over a billion people successfully lift in countless Millions out of poverty and into the middle there is Saudi Arabia Were King Solomon and the Crown Prince are pursuing bold new reforms there is Israel proudly celebrating its 70th Anniversary as a thriving democracy in the Holy Land in Poland to great people are standing up for their independence their security and their sovereignty many countries are pursuing their own unique visions building their own hopeful Futures and chasing their own wonderful dreams of Destiny’s of legacy and of a home 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 and it sparked 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 we’re 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 in everyone in this great chamber today and everyone listening all around the club there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same Powerful Love for urination 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 do embrace it to build with it to draw on its ancient wisdom and to find within it the will to make our nation’s greater or region safer and the world better 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 we’re Freedom has ever survived democracy has ever into it we’re peace has ever prosper and so we must protect our sovereignty and are cherished Independence above all when we do we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us we will find a new passion 4 piece making Rising within us we will find new purpose new resolved and new spirit flourishing all around us and making this a more beautiful world in which you live so together let us choose a future of patriotism prosperity and pride let us choose Peace and Freedom over domination and defeat and 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 thank you very much President Donald TrumpUS President Donald Trump has attacked the Iranian leadership, accusing it of sowing “chaos, death and destruction” across the Middle East.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, he defended his decision to abandon the nuclear deal.
Mr Trump also boasted that his administration had accomplished “more than almost any” other in US history.
His words were greeted with laughter but he laughed back, saying: “Didn’t expect that reaction.”
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