Recently, President Trump spoke in front of the United Nations for the first time. During the speech, the president pulled no punches, launching harsh criticisms at countries like Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea.
After years of Obama’s apologetic tone, Trump’s speech was a stunning change of pace; basically he came after the left and international despots as strongly as Reagan did back in the day. Perhaps his most memorable line addressed socialism — a form of government that many in the audience and a growing number of liberals embrace.
Trump let ’em have it, Newsweek reports:
Speaking on the recent crisis in Venezuela, Trump said, “The problem … is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
“From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure,” Trump added.
While reactions at home have been drawn along partisan lines, international reactions to the speech are much more telling. As the speech was made in front of an international body, reactions from around the world were quick to pour in. Most notably, Trump’s tone was lauded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
From the Daily Caller:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had “never heard a bolder or more courageous speech” after hearing President Donald Trump’s Tuesday address to the United National General Assembly.
Netanyahu tweeted his support for Trump’s speech shortly after the president’s speech to the group of foreign leaders from 193 different countries at the U.N.’s 72nd annual gathering in New York City.
“In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” Netanyahu tweeted, followed by some more tweets about the speech.
In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 19, 2017
The praise from Netanyahu was a complete reversal from just under a year ago, especially after blasting both President Obama and the UN. With Trump taking over, American relations with Israel have enjoyed a drastic improvement.
Over in Iran, leaders slammed Trump’s speech, calling it “mean.”
Iran has lashed out at President Donald Trump’s “mean and pointless” remarks about it in his address to the United Nations.
Addressing the General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called Iran’s government a “reckless regime” that is running an “economically depleted rogue state,” whose chief export is “violence, bloodshed and chaos.”
The semi-official ISNA news agency quotes Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying Trump’s “impudent and ignorant” remarks are divorced from reality, and ignore Iran’s role in fighting terrorism.
Whether positive or negative, international reactions to Trump’s remarks show that times have, indeed, changed. Clearly, foreign leaders are no longer dealing with a passive, apologetic, American president. For America’s enemies, the change may be an unwelcome one. For allies, strong American leadership was just what they needed.
Perhaps Cheryl K. Chumley at the Washington Post put it best:
President Trump in his first speech before the United Nations, sent a message that basically said you’re either with us — or you will be.
Awesome. He was predicted to give a bold message. And no bones about it: Trump delivered.
Look at his widely reported North Korea remark: “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself,” he said, in reference to despot Kim Jong-un.
The left may gasp. But Trump’s likely thinking: Who cares? And so are most in America.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]