“If we desire to lift up our citizens, if we aspire to the approval of history, then we must fulfill our sovereign duties to the people we faithfully represent,” President Donald Trump said in his remarks to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, September 19.
“We must protect our nations, their interests, and their futures,” he added. “We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea.”
He added that respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and peaceful engagement must be upheld.
“Just as the founders of this body intended, we must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil, and terror,” he said.
He noted that “the scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based.”
“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength,” he said.