Statement by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on President Trump’s Address at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly

Today, President Trump delivered a speech of phenomenal moral clarity on foreign policy, one that was unequivocal in its denunciation of evil and those who prey on the weak. Trump, in the strongest terms, denounced the regimes of North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.

North Korea is a country that has brutalized its citizens, starving them to death while diverting resources to their nuclear program that now “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of life.” Iran, the world’s foremost exporter of “violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” as Trump mentioned today, is also hellbent on acquiring a nuclear device. Iran not only suppresses freedom within its borders but actually shoots its own protesting citizens, as we witnessed in the 2009 Green Revolution. Venezuela, too, dismantled a once thriving democracy, leaving its people in tatters and ruins, a situation which Trump called “completely unacceptable.”

While it would seem to be self-evident, it is so rare to see denunciations of these rogue regimes and those like them from the podium of the UN. The United Nations has embarrassed itself as it has repeatedly morally equivocated on brutal governments and terrorists. But today President Trump, as leader of the Free World, upended the entire UN institution, demanding and delivering moral clarity. He made it clear that overall support from the United States to the UN would be dependent on the UN chartering a new course, hopefully one where terror funding “rogue nations” like Iran, and not democracies like Israel, become the target of the UN’s wrath. Rarely have we seen a leader speak with such strength about good and evil, and the President deserves our immense thanks. As expressed in Trump’s own words: “If the righteous many don’t confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.” Today, he proved himself a leader among the former.

As a Jew, as a Rabbi, and as an American citizen, I thank the President for a speech today that will definitely make the world a safer place. I look forward to seeing all American government institutions translate the President’s words into action.

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