Critics of President Trump have already begun attacking the content of his historic address at the 72nd United Nations Assembly. However, his words have had a stirring impact on those that deem sovereignty and a Jacksonian Foreign policy as key measures of a President’s success. The President made clear that the three pillars which must be protected and adhered to are “Sovereignty, Security, and Prosperity.” Many see it as a rallying cry for the Make America Great Again agenda.
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President Trump began by highlighting the position the United States is presently in; a booming stock market, the lowest unemployment figures for 16 years, and a defense spending package of $700 billion. The purpose of this was to show that despite an almost constant media onslaught, the nation is thriving and strong under his presidency… and will continue to do so. As commentators said: “…he showed he was coming from a position of strength.”
One of the most poignant elements in address was to show that he was aware that regimes exist, and are represented within the United Nations, that do not put the best interests of their citizens first; and that he considered them rogue:
“Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.”
He referenced the historic relevance of the U.N. to further promote the MAGA program, stating that independent nations working together (not in a combined Super state like the EU or NAFTA) have shown the way forward:
“It was in the same period exactly 70 years ago that the United States developed the Marshall Plan to help restore Europe. Those these beautiful pillars, they 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.”
This was a clear nod to former White House strategists Steve Bannon and Dr. Sebastian Gorka and the idea of nations helping nations, but not fighting their wars for them. He continued the Jacksonian theme:
“In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs. In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its 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 should always put your countries first.”
President Trump took to the world stage and showed that he is of the right caliber to represent America. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu praised the President’s address saying “In over 30 years in my experience w/ the UN I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.”
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.