NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – Donald Trump gave his third speech to the General Assembly Tuesday morning.
Trump began his address by saying that US is "by far the most powerful nation."
He also emphasized his administration’s determination to uphold the sovereignty and independence of member states.
"The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations, who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors and honor the differences that make each country special and unique."
Trump added "Americans know that in a world where others seek conquests and domination, our nation must be strong in wealth, in might, and in spirit. That is why the United States vigorously defends the traditions and customs that make us who we are"
Trump addressed Iran and used his speech to blame Iran for recent strikes against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran has denied orchestrating the attack, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has deemed "an act of war."
"All nations have a duty to act," Trump said. "No responsible government should subsidize Iran's bloodlust. As long as Iran's menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened."
Britain, France and Germany joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for the attacks. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, for his part, pointed to claims of responsibility by Yemeni rebels and insisted: "If Iran were behind this attack, nothing would have been left of this refinery."
In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly last year, Trump expressed disdain for globalism and promoted his "America First" agenda. Like last year, Trump is expected to showcase strong U.S. economic numbers and talk about how he's strengthened America's military.
In his 2018 speech to the assembly, his self-adulation prompted chuckles from world leaders. That barely ruffled Trump, who shares a belief with his supporters that the United States has been asked to do too much for other countries and needs to focus on issues it faces at home.