During his speech at the United Nations Tuesday, President Trump took decisive aim at a sacred cow of the ever-radicalizing American left: socialism.
In his address from the world stage at the UN’s General Assembly, wherein all member nations are granted equal representation, Trump used the plight of Venezuela as a stark example of the dangers of leftist doctrine:
“The socialist Maduro regime has brought a once-thriving nation to the brink of total collapse. This dictatorship has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country. This corrupt regime destroyed a prosperous nation, by imposing a failed ideology that has produced poverty and misery everywhere it has been tried.”
It was Trump’s first time to speak to the association of world leaders as President of the United States, and he minced no words as members of the Venezuelan delegation sat before him with crossed arms.
“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” the President continued. “From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or Communism has been adopted it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenants of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people living under these cruel systems.”
The President stated his commitment to aiding the beleaguered South American country, in order to ensure that its citizens “regain their freedom.”
“The Venezuelan people are starving, and the country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. The situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch. As a responsible neighbor and friend, we and all others have a goal. That goal is to help them regain their freedom, recover their country, and restore their democracy.”
Prior to his speech, on Monday Trump met with Latin American leaders, pledging to “take further action” to assist Venezuela, tweeting later that evening, “We call for the full restoration of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela, and we want it to happen very, very soon!”