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Donald Trump’s choicest comments about countries at the UN general assembly

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Plenty to say.
  • Devjyot Ghoshal
By Devjyot Ghoshal

India Editor

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

In his 40-odd minutes at the podium at the UN general assembly today (Sept. 19), US president Donald Trump threatened North Korea, railed at Iran and warned Venezuela. And that wasn’t all.

Trump brought up more than half a dozen countries in his speech, treating them with differing levels of affection and vitriol. Quartz scanned the full text of his speech to pick out the choicest bits.

…has done very well since Election Day last November 8.
North Korea
No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans. And for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.
North Korea
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
North Korea
Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.
China and Russia
[Regarding North Korea] I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved. But we must do much more.
…a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.
Rather than use its resources to improve Iranian lives, its oil profits go to fund Hezbollah and other terrorists that kill innocent Muslims and attack their peaceful Arab and Israeli neighbors.
This wealth… also goes to shore up Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship, fuel Yemen’s civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East. We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles…
Iran’s neighbours
I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations. We agreed that all responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamic extremism that inspires them.
Syria and Iraq
…we have made big gains toward lasting defeat of ISIS. In fact, our country has achieved more against ISIS in the last eight months than it has in many, many years combined.
We seek the deescalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens, even innocent children, shock the conscience of every decent person.
Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon
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… and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict.
…is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this [refugee] effort
…we will not lift sanctions on the Cuban government until it makes fundamental reforms.
…the socialist Maduro regime in Venezuela, which has brought a once thriving nation to the brink of total collapse. The socialist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.
This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation—prosperous nation, by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried. To make matters worse, Maduro has defied his own people, stealing power from their elected representatives, to preserve his disastrous rule.
Soviet Union, Cuba and Venezuela
…wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.

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