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Trump defends ‘America first’ at the UN

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/24/19, 01:01 pm

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Donald Trump decried globalism and encouraged world leaders to attend to the needs of their own countries. The president also chastised China for its trade practices, Iran for its provocative actions in the Middle East, and communist ideologies in general. He voiced support for democracy movements in Hong Kong and Venezuela. And he promoted the economic empowerment of women, religious freedom around the world, the right of individuals not to be jailed or executed for their LGBT status, and the pro-life movement.

How consistent was this message with previous ones? Trump continued his defense of “America first” diplomacy. “The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots,” he said. While the president did not announce any concrete policy changes, he warned the administration may tighten sanctions on Iran if it continues in “menacing behavior.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 04:17 pm

    Wow, talk about taking the bull by the horns. This is not going to endear him to the global elites, that's for sure. While I agree with the points he made that are outlined above, I disagree with one statement, "The future does not belong to globalists." 

    "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Rev 13:4-8 KJV

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 12:40 am

    Excellent point, Big Jim!  The day is coming when human history meets eternity head on.

  •  SleeperSRT10's picture
    Posted: Tue, 09/24/2019 08:55 pm

    Wow, what a concept!  A president who actually is putting the USA first!  I thank God for our president and pray for his daily strength, wisdom, and protection.

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 09/26/2019 03:11 pm

    It seems natural for me that most nations would look after their own interests first.  I love my country, and I certainly care about things that concern its welfare.  At the same time, I think we as believers in Christ have to remember that our true citizenship is in heaven and that "God so loved the WORLD."  To me that means that I must try to find a balance between biblical prayer for my nation and for its welfare and seeking God's kingdom first.  

    Our country is certainly unique, and we have been very blessed; but we have nothing that was not given to us by God. People love to quote 2 Chronicles 7:14 "...if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (ESV)  This always seems to be applied to "the world," but it is actually addressed to God's people.  WE are the ones who must humble ourselves and seek God's face, and turn from our wicked ways.  There are examples in the BIble of God's servants praying and confessing the sins of the nation (i.e., Daniel 9).  

    Very few people ever mention Ezekiel 16:49: "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her duaghters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy."  The Bible repeatedly demonstrates that God rewards those who humble themselves and seek him.  I think it's okay to love our country and to seek its welfare, but those who are blessed by God are not given blessings so that they can hold onto them or lord them over others. If we have been blessed by God, it is so that he can bless others through the bounty he has given to us.