10:38 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates:
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.
We have secured record funding for our military — $700 billion this year, and $716 billion next year. Our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been before.
We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are also standing up for the world.
I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions.
We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.
From Warsaw to Brussels, to Tokyo to Singapore, it has been my highest honor to represent the United States abroad.
In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North Korea’s leader, Chairman Kim Jong Un.
The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled.
I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done.
I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment — a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand; far greater —
A special thanks to President Moon of South Korea, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and President Xi of China.
Following my trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Gulf countries opened a new center to target terrorist financing.
The ongoing tragedy in Syria is heartbreaking. Our shared goals must be the de-escalation of military conflict,
Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction.
We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues. And we ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.
For decades, the United States opened its economy — the largest, by far, on Earth — with few conditions.
Yet, other countries did not grant us fair and reciprocal access to their markets in return.
Last month, we announced a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. And just yesterday, I stood with President Moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new U.S.-Korea trade deal.
Many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change. For example, countries were admitted to the World Trade Organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based.
The United States lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs, nearly a quarter of all steel jobs, and 60,000 factories after China joined the WTO.
But those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse. We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred.
The United States has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese-made goods for a total, so far, of $250 billion. I have great respect and affection for my friend, President Xi, but I have made clear...
As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our national interest.
For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court.
America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
In America, we believe strongly in energy security for ourselves and for our allies.
The United States stands ready to export our abundant, affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas.
Here in the Western Hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers.
The United States is also working with partners in Latin America to confront threats to sovereignty from uncontrolled migration. Tolerance for human struggling and human smuggling and trafficking is not humane.
Illegal immigration funds criminal networks, ruthless gangs, and the flow of deadly drugs. Illegal immigration exploits vulnerable populations, hurts hardworking citizens,
Currently, we are witnessing a human tragedy, as an example, in Venezuela.
Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty.
The United States is the world’s largest giver in the world, by far, of foreign aid. But few give anything to us.
There is Saudi Arabia, where King Salman and the Crown Prince are pursuing bold new reforms.
In Poland, a great people are standing up for their independence, their security, and their sovereignty.
As for Americans, we know what kind of future we want for ourselves. We know what kind of a nation America must always be.
When we do, we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us. We will find new passion for peacemaking rising within us.
So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world.