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President Trump’s speech to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in NYC on September 24, 2019. The President’s speech was 38 minutes in length.
THE 1ST HALF OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SPEECH IS BELOW. (The 2nd half will be posted Thursday, 9/26/19.)
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much, Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders. Seven decades of history have passed through this hall in all of their richness and drama.
Where I stand, the world has heard from presidents and premiers at the height of the Cold War. We have seen the foundation of nations. We have seen the ringleaders of revolution. We have beheld the saints who inspired us with hope, rebels who stirred us with passion, and heroes who embolden us with courage, all here to share plans, proposals, visions, and ideas on the world’s biggest stage.
Like those who met us before, our time is one of great contests, high-stakes, and clear choices. The essential divide that runs all around the world and throughout history is once again thrown into stark relief. It is the divide between those whose thirst for control deludes them into thinking they are destined to rule over others and those people and nations who want only to rule themselves.
I have the immense privilege of addressing you today as the elected leader of a nation that prizes liberty, independence, and self-government above all. 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. Hopefully, it will never have to use this power.
Americans know that in a world where others see conquest and domination, our nation must be strong in wealth, in might, and in spirit. That is why the United States vigorously defends the traditions and customs that have made us who we are.
Like my beloved country, each nation represented in this hall has a cherished history, culture, and heritage that is worth defending and celebrating, and which gives us our singular potential and strength. The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them or replace them.
Looking around and all over this large, magnificent planet, the truth is plain to see. If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold onto your sovereignty. And if you want peace, love your nation. Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first.
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.
Watch the above Introductory portion of the speech (5 min):
U.S. NATIONAL RENEWAL:
It is why we in the United States have embarked on an exciting program of national renewal. In everything we do, we are focused on empowering the dreams and aspirations of our citizens. Thanks to our pro-growth economic policies, our domestic unemployment rate reached its lowest level in over half a century.
Fueled by massive tax cuts and regulations cuts, jobs are being produced at a historic rate. Six million Americans have been added to the employment rolls in under three years. Last month, African-American, Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment reached their lowest rates ever recorded.
We are marshaling our nation’s vast energy abundance and the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. Wages are rising, incomes are soaring, and 2.5 million Americans have been lifted out of poverty in less than three years.
As we rebuild the unrivaled might of the American military, we are also revitalizing our alliances by making it very clear that all of our partners are expected to pay their fair share of the tremendous defense burden which the United States has borne in the past. At the center of our vision for national renewal is an ambitious campaign to reform international trade.
For decades, the international trading system has been easily exploited by nations acting in very bad faith. As jobs were outsourced, a small handful grew wealthy at the expense of the middle class. In America, the result was 4.2 million lost manufacturing jobs and $15 trillion in trade deficits over the last quarter century.
The United States is now taking that decisive action to end this grave economic injustice. Our goal is simple. We want balanced trade that is both fair and reciprocal. We have worked closely with our partners in Mexico and Canada to replace NAFTA with the brand-new and hopefully bipartisan U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement.
Tomorrow I will join Prime Minister Abe of Japan to continue our progress in finalizing a terrific new trade deal. As the United Kingdom makes preparations to exit the European Union, I have made clear that we stand ready to complete an exceptional new trade agreement with the UK that will bring tremendous benefits to both our countries. We are working closely with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a magnificent new trade deal.
Watch the “U.S. National Renewal” section of the speech:
The most important difference in America’s new approach on trade concerns our relationship with China. In 2001, China was admitted to the World Trade Organization. Our leaders then [at the time] argued that this decision would compel China to liberalize its economy and strengthen protections to provide things that were unacceptable to us and for private property and for the rule of law.
Two decades later, this theory has been tested and proven completely wrong. Not only has China declined to adopt promised reforms, it has embraced an economic model dependent on the massive market areas, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation, product dumping, forced technology transfers, and the theft of intellectual property and also trade secrets on a grand scale.
As just one example, I recently met the CEO of a terrific American company, Micron Technology at the White House. Micron produces memory chips used in countless electronics. To advance the Chinese government’s five-year economic plan, a company owned by the Chinese state allegedly stole Micron’s designs, valued at up to $8.7 billion.
Soon the Chinese company obtains patents for nearly an identical product and Micron was banned from selling its own goods in China. But we are seeking justice. The United States lost 60,000 factories after China entered the WTO. This is happening to other countries all over the globe–the World Trade Organization needs drastic change. The second largest economy in the world should not be permitted to declare itself a developing country in order to game the system at others expense.
For years, these abuses were tolerated, ignored or even encouraged. Globalism exerted a religious pull over past leaders causing them to ignore their own national interest. But as far as America is concerned–those days are over. To confront these unfair practices I placed massive tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese made goods. Already, as a result of these tariffs supply chains are relocating back to America and to other nations and billions of dollars are being paid to our treasury.
The American people are absolutely committed to restoring balance to our relationship with China. Hopefully we can reach an agreement that would be beneficial for both countries. But as I have made very clear I will not accept a bad deal for the American people.
Watch the “China” portion of the speech:
As we endeavor to stabilize our relationship we are also carefully monitoring the situation in Hong Kong. The world fully expects that the Chinese government will honor its binding treaty made with the British and registered with the United Nations in which China commits to protect Hong Kong’s freedom, legal system and democratic ways of life.
How China chooses to handle the situation will say a great deal about its role in the world in the future. We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader. The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation. We desire peace, cooperation and mutual gain with all. But I will never fail to defend America’s interests.
Watch the “Hong Kong” portion of the speech:
One of the greatest security threats facing peace loving nations today is the repressive regime in Iran. A regime’s record of death and destruction is well known to us all. Not only is Iran the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism but Iran’s leaders are fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen.
At the same time, the regime is squandering the nation’s wealth and future in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. We must never allow this to happen. To stop Iran’s path to nuclear weapons and missiles I withdrew the United States from the terrible Iran nuclear deal which has very little time remaining. Did not allow inspection of important sites and did not cover ballistic missiles.
Following our withdrawal, we have implemented severe economic sanctions on the country. Hoping to free itself from sanctions the regime has escalated its violent and unprovoked aggression. In response to Iran’s recent attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities we just imposed the highest level of sanctions on Iran Central Bank and Sovereign Wealth Fund.
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 cautionary tail of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a crusade for personal power and riches.
For 40 years the world has listened to Iran’s rulers as they lash out at everyone else for the problems they alone have created. They conduct ritual chants of death to America and traffic in monstrous anti-Semitism.
Last year, the country’s supreme leaders stated that Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor that has to be removed and eradicated [and that] it is possible and it will happen. America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate. Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures.
Thankfully, there is a growing recognition in the wider Middle East that the countries of the region share common interest in battling extremism and unleashing economic opportunity. That is why it is so important to have full, normalized relations between Israel and its neighbors. Only a relationship built on common interest, mutual respect and religious tolerance can forge a better future.
Iran citizens deserve a government that cares about reducing poverty, ending corruption and increasing jobs, not stealing their money to fund a massacre abroad and at home. After four decades of failure it is time for Iran’s leaders to step forward and to stop threatening other countries and focus on building up their own country. It is time for Iran’s leaders to finally put the Iranian people first. America is ready to embrace friendship with all who genuinely seek peace and respect.
Watch the “Iran” portion of the speech:
Many of America’s closest friends today were once our greatest foes. The United States has never believed in permanent enemies. We want partners, not adversaries. America knows that while anyone can make war only the most courageous can choose peace. For this same reason we have pursued bold diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.
I have told Kim Jong Un what I truly believe that like Iran, his country is full of tremendous, untapped potential but that to realize that promise North Korea must denuclearize. Around the world, our message is clear–America’s goal is lasting. America’s goal is harmony. And America’s goal is not to go with these endless wars. Wars that never end.
Watch the “North Korea” section of the speech:
With that goal in mind, my administration is also pursuing the hope of a brighter future in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the Taliban has chosen to continue their savage attacks. We will continue to work with our coalition of Afghan partners to stamp out terrorism and we will never stop working to make peace a reality.
… Look for the 2nd half of President Trump’s speech in tomorrow’s Daily News Article post…
Read the speech in its entirety at whitehouse.gov.
(View the entire speech at the White House youtube page.)
1. In the INTRODUCTION portion of his speech, President Trump stated,
a) “The essential divide that runs all around the world and throughout history is once again thrown into stark relief. It is the divide between those whose thirst for control deludes them into thinking they are destined to rule over others and those people and nations who want only to rule themselves.” What do you think the president’s goal was for emphasizing this point? (Who do you think he was speaking to?)
b) President Trump also asserted, “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.” (from the Intro, last paragraph)
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your answers.
2. Regarding the Trump administration’s program of NATIONAL RENEWAL for America:
a) What is it?
b) What is the Trump administration doing to achieve this goal? (How are they making this a reality?)
c) What changes are being made with international trade as part of the national renewal program?
3. Regarding CHINA:
Following China’s admittance to the World Trade Organization, its government has:
-declined to adopt promised reforms
-embraced an economic model dependent on the massive market areas, heavy state subsidies, currency manipulation, product dumping, forced technology transfers, and the theft of intellectual property and also trade secrets on a grand scale.
a) What example did President Trump use to illustrate his point about the Chinese government?
b) How many factories did the U.S. lose following China’s admittance to the World Trade Organization?
c) What has the Trump administration done to combat China’s unfair trade practices? – What has been the result thus far?
d) President Trump stated in paragraph 20: “For years, these abuses were tolerated, ignored or even encouraged. Globalism exerted a religious pull over past leaders causing them to ignore their own national interest.”
Ask a parent, grandparent or your teacher to explain what he is referring to by this statement.
4. Regarding HONG KONG:
Tens (and/or hundreds) of thousands of people have been protesting against the Chinese government’s control in Hong Kong. What is the president’s tone as he calls on Chinese President Xi to honor the treaty China made to allow Hong Kong freedom and democracy?
5. Regarding IRAN:
a) In what ways does the Iranian regime threaten peace loving nations?
b) President Trump stated, “The regime is squandering the nation’s wealth and future in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. We must never allow this to happen.” What did he say his administration is doing to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons?
c) Ask a parent if he/she thinks strict economic sanctions will succeed in forcing Iran to end its quest for nuclear weapons and to explain their answer.
6. In this first half of his address to the General Assembly, President Trump also mentions support for Israel, and U.S. relations with North Korea and Afghanistan.
The text and video of the address are posted at RealClearPolitics (with credit to Tim Haines) with the headline:
“President Trump Rails Against Globalists, China, Iran In Speech To UN General Assembly”
a) Define rails.
b) After watching all of the clips from the speech, what do you think? Was the president “railing”?
c) How would you describe the overall tone of the president’s speech? (bellicose, belligerent, argumentative, angry, unreasonable, unhinged, serious, calm, authoritative, stalwart, stately…) Explain your answer.
7. What was your overall impression of President Trump’s address?
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