President Donald Trump proclaimed October 24 “United Nations Day,” and used the occasion to urge world leaders to “preserve sovereignty” and fight terrorism.
“Member states should work together as the founders of the United Nations intended and confront those who threaten chaos, turmoil, and terror,” Trump declared.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2017
The proclamation raised eyebrows, given President Trump’s history of disdain toward the U.N., which he once dismissed as a vapid, ineffective social club.
“The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!” Trump tweeted in December 2016.
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
The U.N. has come under fire from all sides, as more people increasingly wonder aloud if it actually does anything.
“The UN is failing,” the Guardian remarked. “The organisation was set up to mediate state-to-state crises. But, from ISIS to Boko Haram, global conflicts have changed and it’s no longer fit for purpose.”
On top of being ineffective, the U.N. is extremely expensive. Each year, the United States gives about $8 billion to the United Nations — the most of any country in the world. Some countries pay next to nothing. At this point, it’s still unclear what the organization does.
While the U.N. has paid lip service to promoting women’s rights, it has ignored the mass rapes committed by its own “peacekeepers.”
The United Nations also recently selected Saudi Arabia to lead a panel overseeing women’s rights, despite the Muslim nation’s longtime oppression of women.
In September 2017, President Trump gave his first speech before the U.N., where he electrified his supporters with his re-affirmation of his “America First” policy, promise to destroy radical Islamic terrorism, and the need for common-sense immigration.
“As President of the United States I will always put America first,” Trump declared. “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.”
Trump continued: “For the sending countries, it reduces domestic pressure to pursue needed political and 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 born overwhelmingly by low-income citizens whose concerns are often ignored by both media and government.”
President Trump then delivered a death knell to the failed ideology of socialism, pointing to Venezuela’s implosion as an illustration. “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” he said.
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