The United Nations has gathered at its headquarters in New York City for the annual General Assembly, calling together diplomats from all over the world. Many (including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Rouhani) are scheduled to deliver speeches (or already have). Yesterday President Trump addressed the assembly.
While touting the US as “stronger, safer and richer,” President Trump thumped Iran and the United Nations. While thanking North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un, he spoke of new sanctions and aggression against terrorism in cooperation with moderate Arab allies.
As usual, he pulled no punches. However, his demeanor was calm and his words calculated. (We can all breath a sigh of relief for that!) The US delegation present in the assembly included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Here are some key quotes from his speech:
- Rest assured, the United States will respond if chemical weapons are employed by the Assad regime [in Syria].
- Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond…..The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders.
- We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons.
- Trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.
- As far as America is concerned, the ICC (International Criminal Court) has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy and no authority….We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global democracy. We reject the ideology of globalism and embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
- Together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. ….thankful for the grace and goodness and the glory of God.
If you wish to see the President’s speech in full, here it is:
PS: There is a lot going on in our world right now: rising tension between Russia and Israel, the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly, and the Feast of Tabernacles. All intertwine in unique ways. Lord willing, I will share more with you about the Feast of Tabernacles tomorrow, so stay tuned!