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prize-winning cartoonist. i don't remember who did the interview but he was interviewed and said something like he never goes to any washington dinners without his wife >. i thought this is a gift. he doesn't have anybody talking about women's reproductive choices. but you won't go to dinner where a woman fully closed is at the same table. tonight on c-span's q&a >, -- opening of the second the general assembly. focusing his speech on our korea
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and iran. this is 45 minutes. >> the assembly will address by his excellency president donald trump. [applause] on behalf of the general assembly, i have the honor to welcome to the united nations, his excellency donald trump, president of the united states of america and to invite him to address the assembly. president trump: mr. president,
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world leaders, and distinguished delegates, welcome to new york. it is a profound honor to stand her in my home city as a representative of the american people, to address the people of as million of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricane that have struck our country. i want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. american people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. fortunately, the u.s. has done very well since election day last november a.
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the stock market is at an all-time high, a record. at its lowests level in 16 years and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the united states today than ever before. ,ompanies are moving back creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time and it has just been announced that we will billioning almost $700 on our military and defense. military will soon be the strongest it has ever been. for more than 70 years, in times of war and peace, the leaders of nations, movements and religions have stood before this assembly like them i intend to address some of the very serious threats
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before us today, but also the enormous potential waiting to be unleashed. we live in a time of extraordinary opportunity. breakthroughs in science, technology and medicine are curing illnesses and solving problems that prior generations thought impossible to solve. brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything which shares and value. extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. rogue regimes represented in this body not only support but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity. and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the
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values, the systems that present the conflict and tilted the freedom since world war ii. international criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people d war, forced dislocation and mass migration, threatened the borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology diminish in -- our citizens. we meet at a time of both him as promised and a great pair. peril. we have it in our power should we so choose to lift millions from poverty, to help our citizens realize their dreams,
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and to ensure that no generations of children are raised free from violence, hatred and fear. this institution was founded in of two world wars to help shape this better future. on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preservatives security and promote their prosperity. it was in the same. exactly 70 years ago that the united states developed the marshall plan to help restore europe, those three beautiful pillars. ,hey are pillars of peace sovereignty, security, and prosperity. the marshall plan was built on the noble idea that the whole world is safer when nations are strong, independent, and free.
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president truman said in his message to congress at that time , our support of european recovery is in full accord with our support of the united nations. the success of the united nations depends upon the independent strength of their members, to overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past, our success depends on a coalition of the and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity and peace for themselves and for the world. expect diverse share the same cultures, traditions or even systems of government.
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but we do expect all nations to uphold these two courtside parties -- sovereignties of everybut we do expect all natioo uphold other sovereign nation. vision ofbeautiful this institution. this is the foundation for cooperation and success. strong -- -- sovereign nations with different values, different cultures and different dreams, not just coexist, but work side-by-side on the basis of mutual respect. nations peoplegn take ownership of the future and of their own destiny, and strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the slurs of a life intended by god.
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in america we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine by an example for everyone to watch. this week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. we are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our collective -- beloved constitution, the oldest constitution still in use in the world today. has beenless document a foundation of peace, for thety and freedom americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, dignity and the rule of law. for the the greatest in the united states constitution is its first three beautiful words.
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they are we, the people. of americans have sacrificed to maintain the problems of those words, the promise of our country and of our great history. in america, the people govern. the people rule. and the people are sovereign. power,lected not to take but to give power to the american people where it belongs. affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty, our government's first duty is to is people to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and to defend their values. as president of the united states, i will always put america first. just like you as the leaders of your countries, will always and
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should always put your countries first. [applause] all responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens and the nation state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition. making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and ,eaceful future for all people the united states will forever be a great friend to the world, and is specially to its allies. we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a deal where the u.s. gets nothing in return.
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a as long as i hold this office, i will defend america's interests above all deal where . gets nothing in else, but in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it -- it is in everyone's interest to seek a future where you all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure. does more than speak for the values expressed in the united nations charter. thecitizens have paid ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. america's devotion is measured on the battlefield where our young men and women have fought sacrificed alongside of our allies. from the beaches of europe to the deserts of the middle east, to the jungles of asia. sacrificed alongside of our it is an internal credit to the american character that even
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after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or tempt -- attempt to impose our way of life on others, instead we help the old institutions such as this one to defend the sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. for the diverse nations of the world, this is our hope. we want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife. we are guided by outcomes, not ideology. we have a policy of principles of realism, rooted in shared goal, interests and values. forces us to confront the question facing every leader and nation and this room.
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it is a question we cannot escape or avoid. we will slide down the half of complacency numb to the challenges, threats and even wars that we face. do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow. if we desire to lift up -- if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent. ,e must protect our nation their interests, and their futures. we must reject threats to sovereignty from the ukraine to the south china sea. law,st uphold respect for respect for borders and respect
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for culture and the peaceful engagement for these a lot. and just as the founders of this body intended, we must work togetherand confront those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror. todayorch of our planet is a small group of rogue regimes that filing every principle in which the united nations is based. they respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries. if the righteous many do not come from the wicked few, then evil will china. out.en evil will try the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.
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shown more content for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in north korea. it is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of north koreans and for the imprisonment, torture, killing and oppression of countless more. we were all witness to the regimes deadly abuse when an innocent american college was returned to america only to die a few days later. we saw it in the assassination of the dictator's brother using nerve agents and an international airport. we know it kidnapped a 13-year-old japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor
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for north korea's spies. if this is not twisted enough, now north korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. it is an outrage that some -- would trademe with some nations but financially support a country earth has nation on an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. the united states has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or allies we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his
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regime. the united states is ready, willing and able but hopefully, this will not be necessary. regime. that's what the united nations is all about. that's what the united nations is for. let's see how they do. it is time for north korea to realize that the denuclearization is is only acceptable future. -- united states and nations how they follow -- a vote held sanctions against north korea and i want to thank china and russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions along with the other members of the security council. thank you to all involved. but we must do much more. it is time for all nations to
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work together to isolate the kim regime until it ceases its hostile behavior >> it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass following death to america, distortion to israel and ruined for many leaders in this room, the iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the guise of a democracy. it following death to america, distortion to has turny with a rich history and culture and to an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, blood shed and , the longest suffering victims of a rams leaders are in fact its own people.
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use its resources to improve uranium lives, it's oil profits go to fund hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent muslims and attack their peaceful arab and israeli neighbors. rightlylth, which belongs to in rants people, also goes to shore up bashar al-assad dictatorship, and undermine peace throughout the entire middle east. murder --let a murderous regime continued these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles, and we cannot abide by an agreement is it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program.
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[applause] the iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the u.s. has ever entered into. that deal is an embarrassment to the united states, and i don't think you have heard the last of it, believe me. worldtime for the entire to join us in demanding that iran's government end's pursuit of death and the structure. destruction. detained,njustly iran's government must stop supporting terrorism and begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors. up entire world understands
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the good people of a round one change. other than the vast military power of the united states, that in rants people are what their leaders fear the most. this is what causes the regime to reject access, teardown satellite dishes, shoot unarmed student protesters and imprisoned political reformists. oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the people will face a choice. will they continue down the path of poverty, bloodshed and terror ? or will the iranian people resist -- returned to the nation's proud roots as a center of civilization, culture and wealth where their people can be happy and prosperous once again?
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iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and hauled its finance. year,di arabia early last i was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 arab and muslim nations. that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists, and the islamic is -- extremism that inspire them. we will stop radical, is lambert terrorism because -- islamic terrorism. we must in my the terrorists and haven transit funding any form of support for their vile and sinister ideology. we must drive them out of our
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nation. it is time to expose and told responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like al qaeda, hezbollah, the taliban and others that slaughter innocent people. the u.s. and their allies are working together to crush the loser terrorists and stop the reemergence of safe havens they used to launch attacks on all of our people. last month i announced a new strategy for victory in the fight against this evil and afghanistan. from now on our security dictate thell length and scope of military actions, not arbitrary benchmarks and timetables set up by politicians. i have totally dictate the length and scope of military changed the rules of engagement in our fight
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against the taliban and other terrorists groups. in syria and iraq we have made big gains towards lasting defeat of voices in syria and iraq, we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of isis. in fact, our country has achieved more against isis in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined. we seek the de-escalation of the syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the syrian people. the actions of the criminal regime of bashar al-assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens -- even innocent children -- shock the conscience of every decent person.
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no society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. that is why the united states carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack. we appreciate the efforts of the united nations agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from isis, and we especially thank jordan, turkey, and lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the syrian conflict. the united states is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. we seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home
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countries, to be part of the rebuilding process. for the cost of resettling one refugee in the united states, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the g20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. this is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach. for decades, the united states has dealt with migration challenges here in the western hemisphere. we have learned that, over the long term, uncontrolled migration is deeply unfair to both the sending and the receiving countries. for the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and
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economic reform, and drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms. for the receiving countries, the substantial costs of uncontrolled migration are borne overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government. i want to salute the work of the united nations in seeking to address the problems that cause people to flee from their homes. the united nations and african union led peacekeeping missions to have invaluable contributions in stabilizing conflicts in africa. the united states continues to lead the world in humanitarian
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assistance, including famine prevention and relief in south sudan, somalia, and northern nigeria and yemen. we have invested in better health and opportunity all over the world through programs like pepfar, which funds aids relief; the president's malaria initiative; the global health security agenda; the global fund to end modern slavery; and the women entrepreneurs finance initiative, part of our commitment to empowering women all across the globe. we also thank -- [applause] pres. trump: we also thank the secretary general for recognizing that the united nations must reform if it is to be an effective partner in confronting threats to sovereignty, security, and
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prosperity. too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. in some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble aims have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. for example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the united nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the u.n. human rights council. the united states is one out of 193 countries in the united nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. in fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes.
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the united states bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it. major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell. but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the united nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems. the american people hope that one day soon the united nations can be a much more accountable and effective advocate for human dignity and freedom around the world. in the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially. nations of the world must take a greater role in promoting secure
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and prosperous societies in their own regions. that is why in the western hemisphere, the united states has stood against the corrupt and destabilizing regime in cuba and embraced the enduring dream of the cuban people to live in freedom. my administration recently announced that we will not lift sanctions on the cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms. we have also imposed tough, calibrated sanctions on the socialist maduro regime in venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse. the socialist dictatorship of nicolas maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.
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this corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. to make matters worse, maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives to preserve his disastrous rule. the venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. their democratic institutions are being destroyed. this situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch. as a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal. that goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy. i would like to thank leaders in
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this room for condemning the regime and providing vital support to the venezuelan people. the united states has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable. we are prepared to take further action if the government of venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the venezuelan people. we are fortunate to have incredibly strong and healthy trade relationships with many of the latin american countries gathered here today. our economic bond forms a critical foundation for advancing peace and prosperity for all of our people and all of our neighbors. i ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis.
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we call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in venezuela. [applause] pres. trump: the problem in venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. [applause] pres. trump: from the soviet union to cuba to venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued
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suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. america stands with every person living under a brutal regime. our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. all people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity. in america, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of goodwill, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal. for too long, the american people were told that mammoth multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success. but as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories
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disappeared. others gamed the system and broke the rules. and our great middle class, once the bedrock of american prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again. while america will pursue cooperation and commerce with other nations, we are renewing our commitment to the first duty of every government -- the duty of our citizens. this bond is the source of america's strength and that of every responsible nation represented here today. if this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as
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president truman said some 70 years ago, on the "independent strength of its members." if we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations -- nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit. in remembering the great victory that led to this body's founding, we must never forget that those heroes who fought
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against evil also fought for the nations that they loved. patriotism led the poles to die to save poland, the french to fight for a free france, and the brits to stand strong for britain. today, if we do not invest ourselves, our hearts, and our minds in our nations, if we will not build strong families, safe communities, and healthy societies for ourselves, no one can do it for us. we cannot wait for someone else, for faraway countries or far-off bureaucrats -- we can't do it. we must solve our problems, to build our prosperity, to secure our futures, or we will be vulnerable to decay, domination, and defeat. the true question for the united nations today, for people all
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over the world who hope for better lives for themselves and their children, is a basic one: are we still patriots? do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their futures? do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures, and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens? one of the greatest american patriots, john adams, wrote that the american revolution was "effected before the war commenced. the revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people." that was the moment when america awoke, when we looked around and understood that we were a nation.
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we realized who we were, what we valued, and what we would give our lives to defend. from its very first moments, the american story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future. the united states of america has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all. now we are calling for a great reawakening of nations, for the revival of their spirits, their pride, their people, and their patriotism. history is asking us whether we are up to the task.
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our answer will be a renewal of will, a rediscovery of resolve, and a rebirth of devotion. we need to defeat the enemies of humanity and unlock the potential of life itself. our hope is a word and world of proud, independent nations that embrace their duties, seek friendship, respect others, and make common cause in the greatest shared interest of all -- a future of dignity and peace for the people of this wonderful earth. this is the true vision of the united nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul. so let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world -- we will fight together, sacrifice together,
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and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty god who made us all. thank you. god bless you. god bless the nations of the world. and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] >> on behalf of the general assembly i wish to thank the president of the united states of america for the statement just made. may i request the representatives to remain seated while we great the president. afterwards, the hearing will be suspended for five minutes while we wait to hear from the next speaker. [gavel pound] >> also speaking on tuesday at
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the un's general assembly israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the

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