by Andrew Korybko
Andrew Korybko is an American Moscow-based political analyst
specializing in the relationship between the U.S. strategy in
Afro-Eurasia, China's One Belt One Road global vision of New Silk
Road connectivity, and Hybrid Warfare. He is a frequent contributor
to Global Research.
Killed the Liberal-Globalist "New World Order" at the UN
The so-called "New World Order" of American-led unipolar globalism
is dead after "The Kraken"
* delivered a scathing attack against all
aspects of the Liberal-Globalist system that America itself
previously pioneered, which he's proudly seeking to replace with a
nationalist-oriented model of International Relations that cleverly
attempts to co-opt multipolar processes in order to most effectively
China's Silk Road-assisted rise.
kraken is a legendary
cephalopod-like sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off
the coasts of Norway and Greenland.
The "New World Order" is dead, and Trump killed it.
worldwide power structure of American-led unipolar globalism was
already fraying at the seams with the rise of China, Russia, Iran,
and other multipolar Great Powers, but it could have nevertheless
evolved to incorporate all of them within the prevailing
Liberal-Globalist system as long as the U.S. was willing to continuing
sacrificing its own sovereignty to do so in becoming the "first
among equals" prior to its eventual "dethroning".
That was the
Obama and his predecessors were applying in leveraging
a combination of divide-and-rule policies to weaken America's rivals
alongside carrying out nifty outreaches to co-opt them into what it
hoped could indefinitely remain a primarily U.S.-influenced system.
But Trump has done away with any pretenses of "equality" and is
unabashed in his pursuit of unparalleled American hegemony across
For the global public who might have yet to realize what's going on and
why, here are five of the author's previous
articles that should be skimmed through in order to provide the
appropriate strategic context to Trump's plans:
The ultra-concise summary
of the above is that Trump is deliberately behaving as chaotically
as possible in his quest to destroy everything that he inherited, so
as to provide the U.S. with the greatest possible opportunity to shape
the new global system that will arise out of the ashes of the old
The Reverse-Thucydides Trap
The primary motivation for doing so is that the U.S. gradually lost
its previous monopoly over the Liberal-Globalist processes that it
relied upon to control the international system after
the Old Cold
War, with the unofficial beginning of the
New Cold War in 2014 and
its resultant developments making this obvious beyond any doubt.
China, more so than any of the
U.S.' other rivals, managed to obtain an "uncomfortable" amount of
influence over the world system, especially after unveiling its
One Belt One Road global
vision of New Silk Road connectivity that would inevitably lead to
it replacing the U.S. as the worldwide hegemon (albeit in what it
purports will be a more equal international order) if left
The U.S.' many
Hybrid Wars were thus far insufficient in
thwarting China's Silk Road-assisted rise, which is why Trump
decided to go for the "nuclear option" of trying to radically change
the course of International Relations from Liberal-Globalism back to
its erstwhile model of Nationalism.
China can only succeed with the Silk Road so long as the processes
of American-initiated Liberal-Globalism continue unabated, as it's
impossible for it to achieve its goals without,
UN-centric rules-based system
the progressive surrendering of
U.S. state sovereignty to the so-called "international community",
of which are opposed by Trump.
Thucydides Trap that's been
often discussed in academic circles as supposedly being in effect
between a hegemonic U.S. and a rising China is actually reversed since
the U.S. has ceded its control over the previous hegemonic system to
China and is now behaving as the upstart power trying to undermine
the existing state of affairs.
The U.S. is therefore functioning as a
"revolutionary state" in many - but, importantly, not all
and everything that Trump spoke about in
his UN speech should be
seen as describing his country's alternative model to what is now
the Chinese-led Liberal-Globalist order.
With that in mind, it's
possible to identify some of its main characteristics.
The Trump World Order
The future that Trump envisions is "classic" in the sense of evoking
key components of the U.S.' historic soft power ("freedom", "liberty",
"sovereignty') but also "modern" in that they're all being put to
use to defend and ultimately advance the country's global leadership
at the expense of its rivals, which it expects to either destroy (be
it through kinetic Hybrid War means or non-kinetic economic ones) or
co-opt into this "reformed" framework.
Without further ado, here are
the three main tenets of the Trump World Order:
is Holy while Liberal-Globalism is Sacrilegious
Trump has a burning hatred for the Liberal-Globalist order and
sincerely believes that it infringes on every country's sovereignty,
thus restricting its citizens' freedom to prosper and undermining
their personal liberties.
In the Trump World Order, the UN either
remains the practically useless talking club that it already is or
is turned into a more effective instrument of American power after
others submit to its authority and "allow" the "benevolent hegemon"
to shape the world as it sees fit.
The latter scenario isn't going
to happen without Russia, China, Iran, and even the EU resisting as
much as realistically possible within their individual limits, which
is why Trump is essentially encouraging the small- and medium-sized
countries that function as objects of competition between them and
other Great Powers to break ranks with everyone else and "go it
their own way" while following America's lead.
Trump is counting on the de-facto "defection" of those states to
pave the way for its Liberal-Globalist "Lead From Behind" Great
Power proxies to join the Trump World Order as well prior to
commencing the UN's much-needed reform, which is a seemingly
impossible feat to pull off but could nevertheless potentially
succeed through the U.S.' weaponization of "Economic Nationalism" that
will be described in a moment.
Simply put, the U.S. is basically
trying to rewrite the "rules-based" order so that national interests
aren't as obviously subordinated to supranational ones like they're
presently becoming, even if the rest of the world ends up being
compelled to settle for less by surrendering some of their own
sovereignty to America in order to receive the "least-bad" outcome
from this "New Deal".
Correspondingly, Trump sees
the United Nations's radical
reform as an eventual step towards "stabilizing" this new
of "Economic Nationalism" is the U.S.' Modus Operandi
Trump's speech drew a lot of attention to the unbalanced trade deals
between the U.S. and its many partners across the world, with the
American leader arguing that everyone else is ripping his country
off in order to profit at its workers' expense.
accused corrupt politicians of continuing these outdated
arrangements after the Old Cold War in order to satisfy their
short-term self-interests despite these deals being completely
disadvantageous to the U.S.' own long-term national ones.
used to mind "subsidizing" its "vassals" so long as this contributed
to them reinvesting their profits in socio-economic programs
designed to keep communism at bay, but the end of the Old Cold War
changed that strategic paradigm, as did the EU and other countries'
incremental adoption of some core socialist principles.
Trump is opposed both in principle and strategy to continuing what
he views as a Liberal-Globalist subsidization scheme for
transferring American wealth to the rest of the world.
Glenn Diesen, a member of Russia's prestigious
Valdai Club think
tank and networking platform, published a comprehensive report at
the end of last year about "The Global Resurgence
Nationalism" that does an excellent job explaining why the
decided to make the switch from Liberal-Globalism to this "classic"
economic model and is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand
this "flip-flop" dynamic.
In short, as was mentioned earlier in this
analysis, the U.S. no longer believes that the old rules that it at
one time directly created still advance its interests after its
competitors succeeded in gradually turning this very same system
against it, hence the need to "reset" the state of affairs in the
hope of powerfully shaping the resultant outcome that arises out of
the chaotic aftermath that "The Kraken" catalyzed.
"trade war" is the structural weaponization of "Economic
Nationalism" and Trump's battering ram for destroying the "New World
Order" that his predecessors perpetuated.
The Empire Will Be Reformed
through More Burden-Sharing and the
"Lead From Behind" Stratagem
The U.S. knows that its "vassals" are slowly but surely being wooed by
its rivals, especially China and Russia, even though Washington has
been subsidizing their economies and militaries for decades.
calls for drastic measures to prevent those countries from fully
drifting out of its orbit, hence the weaponization of "Economic
Nationalism" that's exploiting their existing "complex
interdependency" with the U.S. while it still exists as a tool of
The U.S. is leveraging its relationships with,
the Gulf Kingdoms,
...in order to get the first-mentioned
to purchase its comparatively more expensive energy and the latter
two to pay more for the so-called "security umbrella" that they're
led to believe "protects" them from Russia and Iran, respectively.
Proverbially speaking, Trump is discontinuing the
policy of "providing free lunches" to its partners and is now trying
to gain a tangible "return on investment" for the billions that it
subsidized over the decades.
It's notable that the American President specifically praised,
...all in a row in his speech, which
signals that they're the U.S.' preferred "Lead From Behind" partners
for managing regional affairs in the Trump World Order.
countries are such promising "vassals" for the U.S. because they each
aspire to become regional hegemons and already preside over their
own integrational frameworks.
India is expected to become the
most important strategic partner in the 21st century, and the
"Asia-Africa Growth Corridor" that it jointly founded with Japan
could one day compete with China's Silk Road in the
As for Saudi Arabia and "Israel", they manage
what could be described as the GCC+ that also counts Jordan and
Egypt as members, while Poland is the leader of the "Three Seas
Altogether, the U.S. is building a new system of
alliances all across the Eurasian Rimland for "containing" China,
Iran, and Russia respectively.
Wrapping everything up, "The Kraken's" UN speech can be read as
manifesto of the Trump World Order that the U.S. is striving to build
as an alternative to the Chinese-led Silk Road one that poses the
greatest challenge thus far to America's predominant position over
Instead of continuing to play by the rules that his
predecessors established and which at one time were advantageous to
America's grand strategic interests, Trump is creating as much chaos
as possible in order to destroy the world system that previous
presidents built after China began to gradually take it over.
The U.S.' hegemony would eventually decline with the passage of time if it
didn't radically reverse its decades-long stance and start rapidly
replacing Liberal-Globalism with the "classic" nation-centric model,
one which also at the very least superficially appeals to the
ongoing multipolar processes of the day and is more than capable of
co-opting "Rising Powers".
Gone are the days when the U.S. used to,
support free trade
UN-centric rules-based system
the progressive surrendering of
its sovereignty to the so-called "international community",
the world is now entering the era of the Trump World Order where
America prioritizes fair and reciprocal trade, the unilateral
advancement of its national interests, and the strengthening of its
sovereignty, all of which collectively contribute to undermining the
Chinese-led Silk World Order.
It should be said, however, that
the U.S.' standards will remain hypocritical because it still won't
tolerate others pursuing their own interests at its expense even
though it's doing the same at China's and everyone else's, but that
just speaks to the fact that International Relations is approaching
what could be described as Hyper-Realism because of the unregulated
competition between all countries as they struggle to strike a
"balance" between the American and Chinese global models.
Interestingly enough, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
Maria Zakharova seemingly endorsed two of the main tenets of the Trump
World Order by
writing on Facebook that,
"The two cross-cutting
themes in Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly are: the need to
defend their own sovereignty and the lack of alternatives for
defending national interests.
It is worth noting that this is
applicable not only to the U.S., but all the countries in the world."
She may have been trying to make a witty rhetorical point, but
nonetheless there's a lot of substance to her reaction because
Russia does indeed defend its sovereignty and sees no alternative to
advancing its national interests, which is proven by
Machiavellian "balancing" strategy all across Afro-Eurasia.
not to say that Russia will finally
do what the U.S. wants and begin
"balancing" between it and China, but just that Moscow will still
survive and thrive if Washington's model happens to gain the upper
hand over Beijing's in the New Cold War.
the United Nations General Assembly 2018
President Donald Trump speaks at the UN General Assembly
September 25, 2018.
defended America's sovereignty throughout.
reject the ideology of globalism
and accept the
doctrine of patriotism."
President Donald Trump's second address to
the United Nations reiterated the
same point he made last year:
His America is a
sovereign one, and every nation is on its own.
governed by Americans," he said to the UN General Assembly
on Tuesday in one his highest-profile speeches of the year.
"We reject the
ideology of globalism and accept the doctrine of
He also used the
opportunity to breeze through America's national security concerns,
such as nuclear talks with North Korea, tensions with Iran, and his
trade war with China.
But the speech amounted to little more than platitudes about his
"America First" worldview and quickly dissolved into patriotic word
"Together, let us
choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride," Trump
"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."
But perhaps a boring
speech is still better than the fiery screed he gave last year, in
which he vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea for threatening the
US and its allies.
Read the White House's official transcript of the remarks, as
Madam President, Mr.
Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished
One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this
grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I
presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for all of
Today, I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to
share the extraordinary progress we've made.
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more
than almost any administration in the history of our country.
America's - so true. (Laughter.) Didn't expect that reaction,
but that's okay. (Laughter and applause.)
America's economy is booming like never before. Since my
election, we've added $10 trillion in wealth. The stock market
is at an all-time high in history, and jobless claims are at a
Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have all
achieved their lowest levels ever recorded. We've added more
than 4 million new jobs, including half a million manufacturing
We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American
history. We've 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
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 incredible change.
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 peace.
In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North
Korea's leader, Chairman Kim Jong Un.
We had highly productive conversations and meetings, and we
agreed that it was in both countries' 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 American soil.
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.
Following 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 own region.
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 Yemen's horrible, horrific
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
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 Assad regime.
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 spent.
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.
Iran's leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not
respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of
nations. Instead, Iran's leaders plunder the nation's 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 Iran's treasury, seized
valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people's
religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send
their proxies to wage war. Not good.
Iran's neighbors have paid a heavy toll for the region's
[regime's] 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 sanctions.
The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran's leaders. In the years
since the deal was reached, Iran's 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
we're working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to
cut their purchases substantially.
We cannot allow the world's leading sponsor of terrorism to
possess the planet's most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a
regime that chants "Death to America," and that threatens Israel
with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear
warhead to any city on Earth. Just can't do it.
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
This year, we also took another significant step forward in the
Middle East. In recognition of every sovereign state to
determine its own capital, I moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to
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.
America's 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
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 trade deals.
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 two decades.
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. China's market distortions and the way they deal
cannot be tolerated.
As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act
in our national interest.
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 friends.
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
withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return
until real reform is enacted.
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 America's 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 don't 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
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 own protection.
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. It's a horrible thing that's going
on, at levels that nobody has ever seen before. It's very, very
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. Socialism's
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 Maduro's 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
The United States is the world's 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
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
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 burden.
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.'s highest aspirations. We must pursue peace
without fear, hope without despair, and security without
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
It really is great,
India, a free society over a billion people,
successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty
and into the middle class.
Saudi Arabia, where King Salman and the Crown Prince are
pursuing bold new reforms.
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 - 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 homeland.
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
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
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
And so we must
protect our sovereignty and our cherished independence above
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,
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.