To anyone who listened to President Trump’s speech before the U.N. General Assembly in September one thing should have been abundantly clear: The president wasn’t there for anyone else’s interests but America’s.
“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values,” said Mr. Trump, eschewing the traditional coy remarks that foreign leaders often employ to drape their true intentions.
He threatened North Korea for developing nuclear weapons, denounced Iran’s hypocrisy in funding terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East, and criticized Venezuela’s socialist government. He even called out fellow U.N. members for not putting more pressure on “rogue regimes” represented in the body.
According to Mr. Trump, this is not the time for political correctness — especially when at stake is the national security of the American people
“As president of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first,” he said.
Unsurprisingly, headlines branded Mr. Trump’s address as an exercise of extreme nationalism, a jingoistic tirade that accomplished nothing but offend and alienate its listeners. But Mr. Trump’s words didn’t fall on deaf ears.
Every world leader in the room knew exactly what he was talking about. Why else would they come to General Assembly if it wasn’t to represent their self-interests?
The simple truth in Mr. Trump’s speech is that patriotism — one’s sacred sense of duty to country — is being abandoned for political correctness and in doing so, world leaders are forgetting the very people they’re supposed to be fighting for.
Yet putting one’s country first doesn’t mean neglecting our shared responsibility to tackle global issues or forsaking allies. It means that if we actually want to be…