Prior to President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the president’s speech would “slap” those who needed a slap and “hug” those who deserved a hug.
In front of the historic global body, Trump didn’t fail to meet the expectations set by Haley’s remarks, and did indeed dole out a verbal “slap” to both North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran, while simultaneously giving our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel, a long-overdue “hug” in front of the rest of the world.
According to a transcript of Trump’s speech put together by CNN, the president demanded more be done to press North Korea to denuclearize. Then, he set his sights on Iran and delivered a verbal tongue-lashing for all to see, one that drew smiles from the Israeli delegation and frowns from the Iranians and Syrians.
“It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room,” Trump declared.
Trump spoke of the “corrupt” nature of the Iranian government and their “false” democracy, noting that it was the Iranian people and their economy that have suffered the most. “Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.”
That remark drew an approving nod from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the rest of the Israeli government, who seemed relieved that someone was finally arguing their case for them on the world stage.
However, Trump immediately drew scowls from the Syrian representatives when he stated, “This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran’s people, also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East.”
“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” he continued, earning widespread applause.
“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” Trump said. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it. Believe me.”
At that, the Iranian representative furrowed his brow and shot a glare toward Trump over the top of his glasses.
The president ended his brief segment discussing Iran, calling on the rest of the world to join the U.S. in demanding that Iran make significant changes to the way it operates, such as releasing captive foreign nationals and political prisoners, respecting the sovereignty of its neighbors and own people, and above all, cease its support of that scourge known as radical Islamic terrorism, using the exact words that his predecessor so studiously avoided.
You can watch Trump’s entire speech to the U.N. General Assembly right here:
It is worth noting that, at the conclusion of Trump’s speech, Netanyahu was spotted grinning from ear to ear as he applauded the president’s remarks.
This was an amazing speech, one that many of our allies around the world — Israel especially — have been waiting for years to hear.
With his typical blunt rhetoric, Trump warned our enemies of potential impending consequences, placed our rivals on notice that their actions to undermine us haven’t gone unnoticed and offered support to our friends who need it.
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