Americaís economy is booming like never before. Since my election, weíve
added $10 trillion in wealth. The stock market is at an all-time high in
history, and jobless claims are at a 50-year low. African American,
Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have all achieved
their lowest levels ever recorded. Weíve added more than 4 million new
jobs, including half a million manufacturing jobs.
We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history.
Weíve started the construction of a major border wall, and we have
greatly strengthened border security.
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.
In other words, the United States is stronger, safer, and a richer
country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago.
We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are
also standing up for the world.
This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people
everywhere. We believe that when nations respect the rights of their
neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better
work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace.
Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich
history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and
the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on Earth.
That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over
global governance, control, and domination.
I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own
customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you
how to live or work or worship.
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. I have forged close
relationships and friendships and strong partnerships with the leaders
of many nations in this room, and our approach has already yielded
With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North
Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for
In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North Koreaís
Chairman Kim Jong Un.
We had highly productive conversations and meetings, and we agreed that
it was in both countriesí interest to pursue the denuclearization of the
Korean Peninsula. Since that meeting, we have already seen a number of
encouraging measures that few could have imagined only a short time ago.
The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction.
Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being
dismantled. Our hostages have been released. And as promised, the
remains of our fallen heroes are being returned home to lay at rest in
I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he
has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay
in place until denuclearization occurs.
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 -- but for also their support and the critical
support that we will all need going forward.
A special thanks to President Moon of South Korea, Prime Minister Abe of
Japan, and President Xi of China.
In the Middle East, our new approach is also yielding great strides and
very historic change.
my trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Gulf countries opened a
new center to target terrorist financing. They are enforcing new
sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks, and
taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have pledged billions of dollars to aid
the people of Syria and Yemen. And they are pursuing multiple avenues to
ending Yemenís horrible, horrific civil war.
Ultimately, it is up to the nations of the region to decide what kind of
future they want for themselves and their children.
For that reason, the United States is working with the Gulf Cooperation
Council, Jordan, and Egypt to establish a regional strategic alliance so
that Middle Eastern nations can advance prosperity, stability, and
security across their home region.
Thanks to the United States military and our partnership with many of
your nations, I am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty killers known
as ISIS have been driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq
and Syria. We will continue to work with friends and allies to deny
radical Islamic terrorists any funding, territory or support, or any
means of infiltrating our borders.
The ongoing tragedy in Syria is heartbreaking. Our shared goals must be
the de-escalation of military conflict, along with a political solution
that honors the will of the Syrian people. In this vein, we urge the
United Nations-led peace process be reinvigorated. But, rest assured,
the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the
I commend the people of Jordan and other neighboring countries for
hosting refugees from this very brutal civil war.
As we see in Jordan, the most compassionate policy is to place refugees
as close to their homes as possible to ease their eventual return to be
part of the rebuilding process. This approach also stretches finite
resources to help far more people, increasing the impact of every dollar
Every solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a
strategy to address the brutal regime that has fueled and financed it:
the corrupt dictatorship in Iran.
Iranís leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect
their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead,
Iranís leaders plunder the nationís resources to enrich themselves and
to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.
The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have
embezzled billions of dollars from Iranís treasury, seized valuable
portions of the economy, and looted the peopleís religious endowments,
all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war. Not
Iranís neighbors have paid a heavy toll for the regionís [regimeís]
agenda of aggression and expansion. That is why so many countries in the
Middle East strongly supported my decision to withdraw the United States
from the horrible
2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and re-impose nuclear
The Iran deal was a windfall for Iranís leaders. In the years since the
deal was reached, Iranís military budget grew nearly 40 percent. The
dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase
internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in
Syria and Yemen.
The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny
the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda. Last month,
we began re-imposing hard-hitting nuclear sanctions that had been lifted
under the Iran deal. Additional sanctions will resume November 5th, and
more will follow. And weíre working with countries that import Iranian
crude oil to cut their purchases substantially.
We cannot allow the worldís leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the
planetís most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants
ďDeath to America,Ē and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to
possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth.
Just canít do it.
We ask all nations to isolate Iranís regime as long as its aggression
continues. And we ask all nations to support Iranís people as they
struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.
This year, we also took another significant step forward in the Middle
East. In recognition of every sovereign state to determine its own
I moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the
region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That
aim is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts.
Americaís policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage
to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have
been proven wrong over the years, time and time again. This is true not
only in matters of peace, but in matters of prosperity.
We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States
will not be taken advantage of any longer.
For decades, the United States opened its economy -- the largest, by far,
on Earth -- with few conditions. We allowed foreign goods from all over
the world to flow freely across our borders.
Yet, other countries did not grant us fair and reciprocal access to
their markets in return. Even worse, some countries abused their
openness to dump their products, subsidize their goods, target our
industries, and manipulate their currencies to gain unfair advantage
over our country. As a result, our trade deficit ballooned to nearly
$800 billion a year.
For this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad
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. And this
is just the beginning.
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. While the United States and many other nations
play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial
planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor.
They engage in relentless product dumping, forced technology transfer,
and the theft of intellectual property.
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. And we have racked up $13 trillion in trade deficits over the last
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. America will never apologize
for protecting its citizens.
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
our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. Chinaís market distortions
and the way they deal cannot be tolerated.
As my Administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our
I spoke before this body last year and warned that the U.N. Human Rights
Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution, shielding
egregious human rights abusers while bashing America and its many
Our Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, laid out a clear
agenda for reform, but despite reported and repeated warnings, no action
at all was taken.
So the United States took the only responsible course: We
the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is
For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in
recognition to the
International Criminal Court. As far as America is
concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority.
The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every
country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process.
We will never surrender Americaís sovereignty to an unelected,
unaccountable, global bureaucracy.
America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism,
and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to
sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new
forms of coercion and domination.
In America, we believe strongly in energy security for ourselves and for
our allies. We have become the largest energy producer anywhere on the
face of the Earth.
The United States stands ready to export our abundant, affordable supply
of oil, clean coal, and natural gas.
OPEC and OPEC nations, are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world,
and I donít like it. Nobody should like it. We defend many of these
nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us
high oil prices. Not good.
We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering
prices, and they must contribute substantially to military protection
from now on. We are not going to put up with it -- these horrible prices
-- much longer.
Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to
extortion and intimidation. That is why we congratulate European states,
such as Poland, for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so
that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs.
Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not
immediately change course.
Here in the Western Hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our
independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers.
It has been the formal policy of our country since President Monroe that
we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in
our own affairs. The United States has recently strengthened our laws to
better screen foreign investments in our country for national security
threats, and we welcome cooperation with countries in this region and
around the world that wish to do the same. You need to do it for your
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.
Itís a horrible thing thatís going on, at levels that nobody has ever
seen before. Itís very, very cruel.
Illegal immigration funds criminal networks, ruthless gangs, and the
flow of deadly drugs. Illegal immigration exploits vulnerable
populations, hurts hardworking citizens, and has produced a vicious
cycle of crime, violence, and poverty. Only by upholding national
borders, destroying criminal gangs, can we break this cycle and
establish a real foundation for prosperity.
We recognize the right of every nation in this room to set its own
immigration policy in accordance with its national interests, just as we
ask other countries to respect our own right to do the same -- which we
are doing. That is one reason the United States will not participate in
the new Global Compact on Migration. Migration should not be governed by
an international body unaccountable to our own citizens.
Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to
help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make
their countries great again.
Currently, we are witnessing a human tragedy, as an example, in
Venezuela. More than 2 million people have fled the anguish inflicted by
the socialist Maduro regime and its Cuban sponsors.
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.
Virtually everywhere socialism or communism has been tried, it has
produced suffering, corruption, and decay. Socialismís thirst for power
leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression. All nations of the world
should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.
In that spirit, we ask the nations gathered here to join us in calling
for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. Today, we are announcing
additional sanctions against the repressive regime, targeting Maduroís
inner circle and close advisors.
We are grateful for all the work the United Nations does around the
world to help people build better lives for themselves and their
The United States is the worldís largest giver in the world, by far, of
foreign aid. But few give anything to us. That is why we are taking a
hard look at U.S. foreign assistance. That will be headed up by
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We will examine what is working, what is
not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our
protection also have our interests at heart.
Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who
respect us and, frankly, are our friends. And we expect other countries
to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense.
The United States is committed to making the United Nations more
effective and accountable. I have said many times that the United
Nations has unlimited potential. As part of our reform effort, I have
told our negotiators that the United States will not pay more than 25
percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. This will encourage other
countries to step up, get involved, and also share in this very large
And we are working to shift more of our funding from assessed
contributions to voluntary so that we can target American resources to
the programs with the best record of success.
Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we
realize the U.N.ís highest aspirations. We must pursue peace without
fear, hope without despair, and security without apology.
Looking around this hall where so much history has transpired, we think
of the many before us who have come here to address the challenges of
their nations and of their times. And our thoughts turn to the same
question that ran through all their speeches and resolutions, through
every word and every hope. It is the question of what kind of world will
we leave for our children and what kind of nations they will inherit.
The dreams that fill this hall today are as diverse as the people who
have stood at this podium, and as varied as the countries represented
right here in this body are. It really is something. It really is great,
There is India, a free society over a billion people, successfully
lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class.
There is Saudi Arabia, where King Salman and the Crown Prince are
pursuing bold new reforms.
There is Israel, proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary as a thriving
democracy in the Holy Land.
In Poland, a great people are standing up for their independence, their
security, and their sovereignty.
Many countries are pursuing their own unique visions, building their own
hopeful futures, and chasing their own wonderful dreams of destiny, of
legacy, and of a home.
The whole world is richer, humanity is better, because of this beautiful
constellation of nations, each very special, each very unique, and each
shining brightly in its part of the world.
In each one, we see awesome promise of a people bound together by a
shared past and working toward a common future.
As for Americans, we know what kind of future we want for ourselves. We
know what kind of a nation America must always be.
In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the
individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we
prize the culture that sustains our liberty -Ė a culture built on strong
families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes,
we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country.
Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all
around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same
powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your
The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of
nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness,
scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.
Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To
draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our
nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better.
To unleash this incredible potential in our people, we must defend the
foundations that make it all possible. Sovereign and independent nations
are the only vehicle where freedom has ever survived, democracy has ever
endured, or peace has ever prospered. And so we must protect our
sovereignty and our cherished independence above all.
When we do, we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before
us. We will find new passion for peacemaking rising within us. We will
find new purpose, new resolve, and new spirit flourishing all around us,
and making this a more beautiful world in which to live.
So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and
pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. And
let us come here to this place to stand for our people and their
nations, forever strong, forever sovereign, forever just, and forever
thankful for the grace and the goodness and the glory of God.
Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world.
Thank you very much. Thank you.