Speech: Donald Trump Addresses the 74th Session of the United Nations – September 24, 2019

In part one of his speech Trump talks about sovereignty, traditions and culture, America’s economic success, defence and fair international trade.

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 saints who inspired us with hope, rebels who stirred us with passion and heroes who emboldened 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 seek 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 on to 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 neighbours and honour the differences that make each country special and unique.

It is why we in the United States have embarked on an exciting program of national renewal. And 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. 6 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 marshalling 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 unrivalled might by 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 defence burden, which the United States has borne in the past.

At the centre 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 and 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 U.K. that will bring tremendous benefits to both of our countries.