NEW YORK, Sep 24: Spelling out his nationalistic approach to keep his country’s interest foremost economically and strategically, US President Donald Trump urged the world leaders to embrace his approach at the United Nations General Assembly.
Pushing his “America First” foreign policy agenda , Trump accused China of “gaming” the global trade system and defended tariffs. Trump began his address at the UN by calling the US the “world’s most powerful nation,” highlighting the “over $2.5 trillion” that has been spent on the military since he took office. Highlighting his diplomatic credentials, Trump said, “hopefully” US will never have use its great military power.
“The United States, after having spent over $2.5 trillion since my election, to completely rebuild our great military, is also, by far, the world’s most powerful nation,” Trump said. “Hopefully it will never have to use this power.”
“The free world must embrace its national foundations,” Trump said. “It must not attempt to erase them or replace them.”
Showing a skeptical view of globalism at the world’s foremost multilateral body,Trump said, “The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots, 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”.
Accusing Beijing of breaking promises to the international community to “adopt promised reforms,” Trump said,”Not only has China declined to adopt promised reforms, it has embraced an economic model, dependent on massive market barriers, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation, product dumping, forced technology transfers and the theft of intellectual property and also trade secrets on a grand scale.”
Trump said, “2nd largest economy in world shouldn’t be allowed to declare itself a developing country in order to game the system at others’ expense.”
US lost 60,000 factories after China entered WTO. This is happening to other countries all over the globe. WTO needs drastic change.
“We want balanced trade this is both fair and reciprocal,” Trump said. He suggested the World Trade Organization was giving preferential treatment to China during an extended defense of his trade war with Beijing.
He also said that while he wants a trade deal with China, he would “not accept a bad deal for the American people.”
“In 2001 China was admitted to the World Trade Org. Our leaders then argued that this decision would compel China to liberalise its economy & strengthen protections to provide things that were unacceptable to us. And for private property for the rule of law,” he said.
Trump favours nationalist views for a better future
“Wise leaders put the good of their own people and their own country first,” he said while speaking at the United Nations. “The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots. 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.”
Trump urged the “free world” to “embrace its national foundations.”
“It must not attempt to erase them or replace them,” Trump said. “The truth is plain to see: If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation.”
Trump calls Iran greatest security threats and urges countries not to subsidize Iran’s bloodlust”
President Trump called Iran’s regime one of the “greatest security threats facing peace-loving nations” and urged nations not to “subsidize Iran’s bloodlust.
“As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted, they will be tightened. For 40 years the world has listened to Iran’s rulers as they lashed out to everyone else for the problems they alone have created,”he said.
“The regime’s record of death and destruction is well-known to us all,” Trump said while addressing the UN. “The regime is squandering the nation’s wealth and future in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.”
He added: “No nation should subsidize Iran’s bloodlust.”
Trump said that the US “imposed the highest level of sanctions on Iran’s central bank and sovereign wealth fund” in response to attack on Saudi Arabia oil plants.
“As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted, they will be tightened,” Trump said.
Trump pushes his style of DIplomacy to resolve North Korea and Iran issues
Trump called on North Korea to end its pursuit of a nuclear weapon during his speech at the UN moments ago.
“America knows while anyone can make war, the only the most courageous can choose peace for the same reason we have pursued bold diplomacy on the Korean peninsula,” he said. “I’ve told Kim Jong-un, what I truly believe, that like Iran, his country is full of untapped potential. To realize that promise, North Korea must denuclearize.”
Every country has the “absolute right” to protect its borders, Trump says
Condemning open border policies, Trump said that all nations have the “absolute right” to protect their borders. “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,” Trump said.
Speaking about immigration while addressing the United Nations, Trump said undermining border security is “undermining human rights and dignity.”
“Each of you has the absolute right to protect your borders. And so, of course, does our country,” he told other world leaders at the UN.
Then, Trump spoke directly to “anyone crossing the border illegally”:
“If you make it here, you will not be allowed in. You will be promptly returned home. You will not be released into our country, as long as I am President of the United States, we will enforce our laws and protect our borders.”
BY Arti Bali