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Important Trump UN Speech Upstaged by Impeachment

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President Trump at the UN, Sept. 24, 2019 (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
President Trump at the UN, Sept. 24, 2019 (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

On Tuesday September 24, 2019, President Trump delivered a hallmark speech at the United Nations General Assembly on religious freedom, which unfortunately was quickly dismissed by the mainstream media by the Democratic push for impeachment.

The speech comes a day after President Trump announced the United States will spend $25 million to protect religious freedom, religious sites and religious relics.

The most salient part of his speech was a visionary call for religious freedom around the world spearheaded by a coalition of businesses. In recent years, there has been a growing body of activists and leaders recognizing that the most common denominator uniting diverse people is shared economic interest.

In other words, business is good for religious freedom.

Shared economic interests are much less provocative (especially in regions easily provoked) and offer tangible incentives for coming together. If peace will be had in the Middle East, for example, it won’t be because a world leader solved a millennia-old abstract theological conflict. It will be because both sides immediately benefit from the solution.

On religious freedom, President Trump said,

“This fundamental right is under growing threat around the world. Hard to believe, but 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where religious liberty is in significant danger or even completely outlawed. Americans will never … tire in our effort to defend and promote freedom of worship and religion. We want and support religious liberty for all.

Other salient moments in the Trump United Nations speech included:

  • A rejection of globalism in favor of national sovereignty.”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.”
  • A call for peace reinforced by security, especially when it comes to Iran.”The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation. We desire peace, cooperation and mutual gain with all. But I will never fail to defend America’s interests. One of the greatest security threats facing peace-loving nations today is the repressive regime in Iran. The regime’s record of death and destruction is well known to us all. Not only is Iran the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, but Iran’s leaders are fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen.”

The speech offered by President Trump promoting peace was quickly bumped by breaking news that House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, announced they were moving forward with an inquiry into impeaching President Trump based on the assumption that the president broke a law.

As author and news commentator Tammy Bruce shared, “feelings” aren’t grounds for an impeachment.

 

 

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Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is Clarion Project's National Correspondent.

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