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Trump Addresses UN - History

On September 25, 2018, President Trump addressed the United Nations, General Assembly. His speech reflected his opposition to multilateral organizations and was a reflection of his America First philosophy.

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

________________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release September 25, 2018

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

TO THE 73RD SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

United Nations Headquarters

New York, New York

10:38 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates:

One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for all of humanity.

Today, I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we’ve made.

In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.

America’s -- so true. (Laughter.) Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay. (Laughter and applause.)

America’s economy is booming like never before. Since my election, we’ve added $10 trillion in wealth. The stock market is at an all-time high in history, and jobless claims are at a 50-year low. African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have all achieved their lowest levels ever recorded. We’ve added more than 4 million new jobs, including half a million manufacturing jobs.

We have passed the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history. We’ve started the construction of a major border wall, and we have greatly strengthened border security.

We have secured record funding for our military -- $700 billion this year, and $716 billion next year. Our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been before.

In other words, the United States is stronger, safer, and a richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago.

We are standing up for America and for the American people. And we are also standing up for the world.

This is great news for our citizens and for peace-loving people everywhere. We believe that when nations respect the rights of their neighbors, and defend the interests of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings of safety, prosperity, and peace.

Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, a rich history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on Earth.

That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control, and domination.

I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.

From Warsaw to Brussels, to Tokyo to Singapore, it has been my highest honor to represent the United States abroad. I have forged close relationships and friendships and strong partnerships with the leaders of many nations in this room, and our approach has already yielded incredible change.

With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace.

In June, I traveled to Singapore to meet face to face with North Korea’s leader, Chairman Kim Jong Un. We had highly productive conversations and meetings, and we agreed that it was in both countries’ interest to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Since that meeting, we have already seen a number of encouraging measures that few could have imagined only a short time ago.

The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled. Our hostages have been released. And as promised, the remains of our fallen heroes are being returned home to lay at rest in American soil.

I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs.

I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment -- a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand; far greater -- but for also their support and the critical support that we will all need going forward.

A special thanks to President Moon of South Korea, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and President Xi of China.

In the Middle East, our new approach is also yielding great strides and very historic change.

Following my trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Gulf countries opened a new center to target terrorist financing. They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks, and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have pledged billions of dollars to aid the people of Syria and Yemen. And they are pursuing multiple avenues to ending Yemen’s horrible, horrific civil war.

Ultimately, it is up to the nations of the region to decide what kind of future they want for themselves and their children.

For that reason, the United States is working with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, and Egypt to establish a regional strategic alliance so that Middle Eastern nations can advance prosperity, stability, and security across their home region.

Thanks to the United States military and our partnership with many of your nations, I am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty killers known as ISIS have been driven out from the territory they once held in Iraq and Syria. We will continue to work with friends and allies to deny radical Islamic terrorists any funding, territory or support, or any means of infiltrating our borders.

The ongoing tragedy in Syria is heartbreaking. Our shared goals must be the de-escalation of military conflict, along with a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. In this vein, we urge the United Nations-led peace process be reinvigorated. But, rest assured, the United States will respond if chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime.

I commend the people of Jordan and other neighboring countries for hosting refugees from this very brutal civil war.

As we see in Jordan, the most compassionate policy is to place refugees as close to their homes as possible to ease their eventual return to be part of the rebuilding process. This approach also stretches finite resources to help far more people, increasing the impact of every dollar spent.

Every solution to the humanitarian crisis in Syria must also include a strategy to address the brutal regime that has fueled and financed it: the corrupt dictatorship in Iran.

Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders, or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.

The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war. Not good.

Iran’s neighbors have paid a heavy toll for the region's [regime’s] agenda of aggression and expansion. That is why so many countries in the Middle East strongly supported my decision to withdraw the United States from the horrible 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and re-impose nuclear sanctions.

The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders. In the years since the deal was reached, Iran’s military budget grew nearly 40 percent. The dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, increase internal repression, finance terrorism, and fund havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.

The United States has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda. Last month, we began re-imposing hard-hitting nuclear sanctions that had been lifted under the Iran deal. Additional sanctions will resume November 5th, and more will follow. And we're working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially.

We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons. We cannot allow a regime that chants “Death to America,” and that threatens Israel with annihilation, to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on Earth. Just can't do it.

We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues. And we ask all nations to support Iran’s people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny.

This year, we also took another significant step forward in the Middle East. In recognition of every sovereign state to determine its own capital, I moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The United States is committed to a future of peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That aim is advanced, not harmed, by acknowledging the obvious facts.

America’s policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies, and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years, time and time again. This is true not only in matters of peace, but in matters of prosperity.

We believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.

For decades, the United States opened its economy -- the largest, by far, on Earth -- with few conditions. We allowed foreign goods from all over the world to flow freely across our borders.

Yet, other countries did not grant us fair and reciprocal access to their markets in return. Even worse, some countries abused their openness to dump their products, subsidize their goods, target our industries, and manipulate their currencies to gain unfair advantage over our country. As a result, our trade deficit ballooned to nearly $800 billion a year.

For this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals.

Last month, we announced a groundbreaking U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. And just yesterday, I stood with President Moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new U.S.-Korea trade deal. And this is just the beginning.

Many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change. For example, countries were admitted to the World Trade Organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based. While the United States and many other nations play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor. They engage in relentless product dumping, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property.

The United States lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs, nearly a quarter of all steel jobs, and 60,000 factories after China joined the WTO. And we have racked up $13 trillion in trade deficits over the last two decades.

But those days are over. We will no longer tolerate such abuse. We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.

The United States has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese-made goods for a total, so far, of $250 billion. I have great respect and affection for my friend, President Xi, but I have made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. China’s market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated.

As my administration has demonstrated, America will always act in our national interest.

I spoke before this body last year and warned that the U.N. Human Rights Council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution, shielding egregious human rights abusers while bashing America and its many friends.

Our Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, laid out a clear agenda for reform, but despite reported and repeated warnings, no action at all was taken. So the United States took the only responsible course: We withdrew from the Human Rights Council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted.

For similar reasons, the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.

America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.

Around the world, responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty not just from global governance, but also from other, new forms of coercion and domination.

In America, we believe strongly in energy security for ourselves and for our allies. We have become the largest energy producer anywhere on the face of the Earth. The United States stands ready to export our abundant, affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas.

OPEC and OPEC nations, are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. Nobody should like it. We defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. Not good.

We want them to stop raising prices, we want them to start lowering prices, and they must contribute substantially to military protection from now on. We are not going to put up with it -- these horrible prices -- much longer.

Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation. That is why we congratulate European states, such as Poland, for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs. Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.

Here in the Western Hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers.

It has been the formal policy of our country since President Monroe that we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in our own affairs. The United States has recently strengthened our laws to better screen foreign investments in our country for national security threats, and we welcome cooperation with countries in this region and around the world that wish to do the same. You need to do it for your own protection.

The United States is also working with partners in Latin America to confront threats to sovereignty from uncontrolled migration. Tolerance for human struggling and human smuggling and trafficking is not humane. It's a horrible thing that's going on, at levels that nobody has ever seen before. It's very, very cruel.

Illegal immigration funds criminal networks, ruthless gangs, and the flow of deadly drugs. Illegal immigration exploits vulnerable populations, hurts hardworking citizens, and has produced a vicious cycle of crime, violence, and poverty. Only by upholding national borders, destroying criminal gangs, can we break this cycle and establish a real foundation for prosperity.

We recognize the right of every nation in this room to set its own immigration policy in accordance with its national interests, just as we ask other countries to respect our own right to do the same -- which we are doing. That is one reason the United States will not participate in the new Global Compact on Migration. Migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens.

Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries. Make their countries great again.

Currently, we are witnessing a human tragedy, as an example, in Venezuela. More than 2 million people have fled the anguish inflicted by the socialist Maduro regime and its Cuban sponsors.

Not long ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries on Earth. Today, socialism has bankrupted the oil-rich nation and driven its people into abject poverty.

Virtually everywhere socialism or communism has been tried, it has produced suffering, corruption, and decay. Socialism’s thirst for power leads to expansion, incursion, and oppression. All nations of the world should resist socialism and the misery that it brings to everyone.

In that spirit, we ask the nations gathered here to join us in calling for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. Today, we are announcing additional sanctions against the repressive regime, targeting Maduro’s inner circle and close advisors.

We are grateful for all the work the United Nations does around the world to help people build better lives for themselves and their families.

The United States is the world’s largest giver in the world, by far, of foreign aid. But few give anything to us. That is why we are taking a hard look at U.S. foreign assistance. That will be headed up by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart.

Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends. And we expect other countries to pay their fair share for the cost of their defense.

The United States is committed to making the United Nations more effective and accountable. I have said many times that the United Nations has unlimited potential. As part of our reform effort, I have told our negotiators that the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. This will encourage other countries to step up, get involved, and also share in this very large burden.

And we are working to shift more of our funding from assessed contributions to voluntary so that we can target American resources to the programs with the best record of success.

Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the U.N.’s highest aspirations. We must pursue peace without fear, hope without despair, and security without apology.

Looking around this hall where so much history has transpired, we think of the many before us who have come here to address the challenges of their nations and of their times. And our thoughts turn to the same question that ran through all their speeches and resolutions, through every word and every hope. It is the question of what kind of world will we leave for our children and what kind of nations they will inherit.

The dreams that fill this hall today are as diverse as the people who have stood at this podium, and as varied as the countries represented right here in this body are. It really is something. It really is great, great history.

There is India, a free society over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class.

There is Saudi Arabia, where King Salman and the Crown Prince are pursuing bold new reforms.

There is Israel, proudly celebrating its 70th anniversary as a thriving democracy in the Holy Land.

In Poland, a great people are standing up for their independence, their security, and their sovereignty.

Many countries are pursuing their own unique visions, building their own hopeful futures, and chasing their own wonderful dreams of destiny, of legacy, and of a home.

The whole world is richer, humanity is better, because of this beautiful constellation of nations, each very special, each very unique, and each shining brightly in its part of the world.

In each one, we see awesome promise of a people bound together by a shared past and working toward a common future.

As for Americans, we know what kind of future we want for ourselves. We know what kind of a nation America must always be.

In America, we believe in the majesty of freedom and the dignity of the individual. We believe in self-government and the rule of law. And we prize the culture that sustains our liberty -– a culture built on strong families, deep faith, and fierce independence. We celebrate our heroes, we treasure our traditions, and above all, we love our country.

Inside everyone in this great chamber today, and everyone listening all around the globe, there is the heart of a patriot that feels the same powerful love for your nation, the same intense loyalty to your homeland.

The passion that burns in the hearts of patriots and the souls of nations has inspired reform and revolution, sacrifice and selflessness, scientific breakthroughs, and magnificent works of art.

Our task is not to erase it, but to embrace it. To build with it. To draw on its ancient wisdom. And to find within it the will to make our nations greater, our regions safer, and the world better.

To unleash this incredible potential in our people, we must defend the foundations that make it all possible. Sovereign and independent nations are the only vehicle where freedom has ever survived, democracy has ever endured, or peace has ever prospered. And so we must protect our sovereignty and our cherished independence above all.

When we do, we will find new avenues for cooperation unfolding before us. We will find new passion for peacemaking rising within us. We will find new purpose, new resolve, and new spirit flourishing all around us, and making this a more beautiful world in which to live.

So together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. And let us come here to this place to stand for our people and their nations, forever strong, forever sovereign, forever just, and forever thankful for the grace and the goodness and the glory of God.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the nations of the world.

Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 11:13 A.M. EDT


Watch: That Awkward Moment When the President of the United States Addresses the UN and Gets Laughed At

Never before has a president been such a global embarrassment, but here we are, in 2018, the year of our lord Tarana Burke (who also happens to be No. 1 on this year’s Root 100 list, which you can see here ), the president was boasting of his made-up achievements to the United Nations—and they literally laughed at him.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” Trump said, opening his address to the U.N. General Assembly, The Hill reports.

And then the audience started laughing. The president said, “so true” to which the audience laughed louder.

The awkward moment of lies even made Trump smile.

“I didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK,” he said—and they laughed more.

The president still didn’t get that the joke was on him, that the U.N. General Assembly was laughing at him, not with him. They’re laughing because he’s a liar who lies so much that he really believes his lies. I believe that Trump truly believes that his administration has accomplished more than any other administration in the history of the country. He’s not just saying that to say it, which makes it even funnier.

The Hill notes that the president also “touted his domestic efforts, including tax cuts and his push to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, before addressing his foreign policy goals.”

And because there is literally a Trump tweet for everything, Trump once claimed that former President Obama was a laughingstock on a world stage, except that Trump was the only one laughing.

“We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!” Trump tweeted in 2014, The Hill reports.


Trump Returns To The U.N. This Week Facing Growing Unease About U.S. Leadership

President Trump speaks before the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2018. He'll address the assembly for the third time this week amid concerns about the role of U.S. leadership in the world. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

President Trump speaks before the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2018. He'll address the assembly for the third time this week amid concerns about the role of U.S. leadership in the world.

President Trump will return to the world's biggest stage this week to address heads of state at a time when U.S. global leadership is seen as waning.

When he takes the stage at the United Nations General Assembly for the third time on Tuesday, Trump is expected to "affirm America's leadership role" and "underscore that America is a positive alternative to authoritarianism," said a senior administration official.

Leaders will be closely watching how he addresses global concerns about the U.S. trade battle with China and insecurity over the Persian Gulf as confidence in his strategy falters.

During last year's speech, many of those same leaders appeared to laugh when Trump boasted that his administration "has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country."

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John Feeley, who served as U.S. ambassador to Panama until last year, called it a painful moment that reflected America's decline from the "undisputed top dog" on the world stage.

"What it means is that the United States is not perceived as being led by somebody who — he's still very, very powerful — they take completely seriously," Feeley said.

The idea that U.S. global leadership is on the decline should be no surprise. Trump arrived in Washington promising supporters he'd put "America first" and not "be president of the world." He has delivered on those pledges in many ways — shrinking the diplomatic corps and pulling out of both the Paris climate accord and the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

A 25-nation survey by the Pew Research Center last year found a median of just 27% of people outside the United States had confidence Trump would "do the right thing in world affairs."

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Trump: Reports Of Alleged Improper Conversation With Foreign Leader Are 'Ridiculous'

And a new survey of 50 former U.S. ambassadors and senior national security officials by the Global Situation Room public relations firm finds that top diplomats from Republican and Democratic administrations almost unanimously feel U.S. influence has declined under Trump.

Ninety-two percent of those surveyed said U.S. adversaries have grown stronger.

Ivo Daalder, who served as the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2009 to 2013, said the United States is not in the places it needs to be.

He quoted George Shultz, who served as secretary of state during the Reagan administration and who compared diplomacy to gardening. A healthy garden, he would say, needs regular watering and weeds pulled before they grow out of control.

"And that's true for diplomacy," Daalder said. "You've got to go. You've got to be in the countries. You've got to understand what they're doing. You've got to spend time talking to people and measuring their concerns and getting an understanding of what drives them so that you can reach compromises and negotiate deals and exert American influence."

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Some diplomats have bristled at Trump's apparent affection for authoritarian leaders such as North Korea's Kim Jong Un and Russia's Vladimir Putin while treating traditional allies in Europe more like adversaries.

Trump has embraced his lack of popularity in Europe. During a recent campaign rally in North Carolina, he boasted about how he has pressured European leaders to contribute money to NATO defense funds, saying that this has made former President Barack Obama more liked in Germany.

"He's got to be," Trump told the enthusiastic crowd. "I'm making people pay their bills. He's got to be. You know the day that I'm more popular than him, I'm not doing my job."

Brett Bruen, who served as the White House director of global engagement in the Obama administration and now leads Global Situation, said concerns raised by top U.S. diplomats reflect how bad they feel the problem has become.

"It's easy to argue they have sour grapes, that there was some personal concern that they were expressing," Bruen said. "But you know diplomats — having served alongside them for a decade and a half — are not the folks who are going to, by their nature, stand up and speak out. They're used to speaking on behalf of their government."

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In some ways, leaders are moving on without Trump. There will be two high-level meetings on climate change and universal health care at the 74th United Nations General Assembly. Trump is expected to have little to do with either.

Jeffrey Feltman, a former U.S. undersecretary-general for political affairs and former chief foreign policy adviser to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, said leaders in France and Germany are trying to renew the multilateral system and combat the isolationism of the U.S. and other countries.

"I don't know how effective this will be, but it's an example of how some of our traditional allies are organizing themselves in response to the feeling that the United States, the U.K., that other sort of major engines in the U.N. system no longer are pressing the accelerator," said Feltman, who is now a fellow at the Brookings Institution.

It's not all Trump's fault, said John Simon, who served as U.S. ambassador to the African Union. He said that while the Trump administration has failed to maintain important alliances with traditional allies, the American public has also grown tired of the burdens of American leadership.

Simon said the solution is not just changing the president but helping people understand why global leadership is important to upholding American values.

"Part of the reason the president is the president is because he articulated a vision of the United States in the world that was somewhat at odds with our traditional role as a leader on the world stage."


Why Trump Is So Desperate to Stay in the White House

There is a reason Donald Trump seems so desperate to hang on to his position as president of the United States. Over the weekend he reportedly talked with attorney Sidney Powell and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn about trying to impose martial law in states he lost in order to hold new elections in the hopes that he could remain president. (Fortunately, the U.S. Army issued a statement publicly challenging the commander-in-chief.)

The reason for Trump&rsquos seemingly erratic behavior is obvious, at least to us: Donald Trump knows that he may be arrested not long after Joe Biden is sworn in at about noon on Jan. 20, 2021.

Even if Trump attempts to pardon himself for any federal crimes, which is not clearly allowed under the Constitution, that won&rsquot save him from criminal prosecution under New York state laws. Recent news reports indicate that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (pictured) has a grand jury investigating Trump and perhaps others in the Trump Organization.

The two us, both lawyers, worked together to be sure the Manhattan DA had all the documents that informed Michael Cohen&rsquos Feb. 27, 2019, public testimony and opening statement before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Tens of millions of Americans and millions more abroad saw those documents on TV during the testimony.

Below are the five categories of Donald Trump&rsquos criminal activities, any one of which could lead to his arrest for related individual state crimes:

1 Bank fraud and (2) Property tax fraud &ndash Exhibits 1(a), (b), and (c) , as shown on TV during the hearing, of Trump&rsquos personal financial statements put him in jeopardy. These exhibits show that when it was to Trump&rsquos advantage (so he could reduce the amount of property taxes he owed), he artificially depressed the value of an asset, such as his golf course in Westchester, N.Y. (See Exhibit 2 , also posted on TV). But when it was to his advantage, he artificially inflated his assets -- sometimes on the same financial statement. &ldquoArtificially&rdquo is another word for fraud. And fraud is a crime, whether the purpose of the deception is to secure a bank loan or dupe Westchester County tax accessors to reduce his property taxes.

3 Income tax fraud &ndash Another example of a tax crime is inventing deductible expenses to save paying income taxes to the state. There is a probability that Trump declared as tax-deductible business expenses the hush-money payments he reimbursed me for paying off, upon Trump&rsquos direction, an adult film star a few days before the 2016 election. Such tax deductions, if he or his organization made them, could be criminal. Moreover, Trump repaid me with six checks from his personal account for $35,000, and those checks, signed while president of the U.S., could be evidence of crimes under New York state law as part of a coverup and state tax fraud scheme.

4 Commercial fraud &ndash When Trump used an individual in July 2013 to make an inflated bid for his own portrait at a charity auction in the Hamptons, it&rsquos possible that he committed a crime under New York state law. I know Trump did this because I was the one who set up a friend to go to the auction and bid $60,000 for the portrait. I also know records of this individual being subsequently secretly reimbursed for this amount by the Trump Foundation, which is also illegal (see Exhibit 3 ) . We also know about this because Trump tweeted about it (knowing it was a fraud and the Tweet was &ndash surprise! -- a lie): &ldquoJust found out that at a charity auction of celebrity portraits in E. Hampton, my portrait by artist William Quigley topped list at $60K.&rdquo This was also found in Exhibit 3.

5 The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 1962, primarily to give the federal government a better ability to prosecute organized crime as &ldquocriminal enterprises.&rdquo But many states enacted their own versions of the federal RICO statutes. New York did so in 1986. In our view, there is little doubt that the many crimes committed by Donald Trump and associates in his &ldquoenterprise&rdquo called the Trump Organization could constitute a &ldquoCorrupt Racketeering Organization&rdquo under New York&rsquos statute.

In the recently published book &ldquoDisloyal,&rdquo I (Michael Cohen) characterized the Trump company as closely resembling a mob organization, with &ldquoMr. Trump,&rdquo as he insists on being called, demanding blind reverence and loyalty. I also described it as a criminal enterprise conspiracy, with Trump acting much like the &ldquoGodfather&rdquo in his own mob family.

So, if anyone is shocked at his increasing signs of paranoia, fear, and panic, it&rsquos not just another day in the presidency of Donald J. Trump. It is the pattern of someone who is terrified of arrest, criminal conviction, and imprisonment.

Certainly, incarcerating a former president would not bring this nation together, which is President-elect Biden&rsquos self-described mission. Our own hope is that if Donald Trump is ever prosecuted and found guilty, a New York trial judge would devise a probation formula that would require substantial public service as well as transparency in any future business endeavors. In any event, we are convinced that along with his inability to ever admit failure, Trump&rsquos fear of answering for his frauds in a criminal court of law is driving his divisive and dangerous delusions that he actually won the 2020 election.

Michael Cohen served as Mr. Trump&rsquos personal attorney for 10 years.

Lanny Davis, former special counsel to President Clinton, served as Mr. Cohen&rsquos attorney before and after the Feb. 27, 2019, House Oversight Committee hearing.


Fred Trump Jr. (Oldest Brother)

The eldest Trump son had been Fred Sr.'s first choice to take over the family business, but ultimately proved a poor fit for that dream. He instead became a pilot, a career choice that resulted in ridicule from Fred Sr. and Donald. Eventually, Fred's worsening alcoholism forced him to quit flying, move back in with his parents, and get a job doing maintenance work for his father's company. He had two children, Mary and Fred III, with his ex-wife Linda Clapp. Fred Jr. died in 1981, at age 42, of a heart attack brought on by his alcoholism.


Ivanka Trump's Wardrobe Malfunction at the UN Gets Chilly Reaction

Maybe Ivanka Trump should have been talking about climate change!

President Donald Trump's daughter made headlines this week while speaking at a meeting on religious freedom at the United Nations headquarters in NYC.

At the same time, hundreds of world leaders had gathered for the climate summit during the UN General Assembly.

Ivanka first stirred up controversy after she praised President Trump for becoming, "the 1st President of the United States to host a meeting at the United Nations on religious freedom."

Many social media users, including Mia Farrow, responded by reminding Ivanka of the "Muslim Ban," and the travel restrictions the president has put on Middle Eastern countries.

The big dust up, however, was caused by Ivanka's outfit . and the fact that her nipples could be seen through her thin blouse.

Twitter users immediately began goofing on the First Daughter for her unfortunate situation.

"Not sure how she expects to be taken seriously when her nipples could cut glass through her shirt and her dad is. well. The Donald. Enough said," one person wrote.

Another commented that, "Ivanka Trump looked disgusting--nipples protruding--in her blue shirt before the UN. Very very disrespectful."

A third person took the conspiracy route, and thought the incident was meant to be a distraction from other political drama: "Ivanka was intentionally wearing nipple falsies. She wasn&rsquot simply braless. And yes it was to divert attention from all the Trump crimes & corruption."

However, most people defended Ivanka and slammed those who criticized a woman for something she has no control of. Even those who dislike Ivanka for her political ideology took her side when it came to the unfortunate fashion flub.

"Ummm, I am not a fan of [Ivanka] but there is no shame in a woman having nipples. She is despicable for many reasons but not for being a woman," one person commented.

Another stated, "Warning: I don't like Ivanka Trump, but I'm about to head back to a society that makes a woman cover themselves in a black shroud in case their shape is shown. If you are shaming a woman wearing several layers for hard nipples, you aren't much better than the men who started that."

Not all the comments were about politics, however, as one person was just there for the fashion:

"I think honestly what im most annoyed at about the great nipple scandal is that that blouse really was not cute with that skirt. [Ivanka] - you&rsquore doing my dream job, at least dress nice while you&rsquore f--king it up for f--ks sake."

For what it's worth, Ivanka doesn't seem to care about the criticism from anyone and is continuing to live her best life.


Pay freeze at the UN? Trump administration owes the United Nations $1 billion

Trump accused China of "gaming" the global trade system in a speech Tuesday at the United Nations as he defended tariffs that his critics say have put the U.S. economy at risk of a recession. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump brushed aside warnings from the United Nations on Wednesday that the 74-year-old organization risks being unable to pay its staff and bills if member nations don't cough up their annual dues soon.

The biggest delinquent payer in the world? The United States.

Washington owes the U.N. $381 million in back payments and $674 million this year, according to the U.S. mission to the U.N. As the largest contributor to the 193-member organization, the U.S. has long sought to pressure the U.N. to rein in spending.

Trump, who has openly questioned the value of the U.N., has made skepticism of multinational organizations a central component of his foreign policy. Trump has demanded European countries contribute more to NATO and has pressed allies in Asia and the Middle East to rely less on U.S. military might and spend more on their own security.

Responding to reports of deep U.N. budget deficits, Trump returned to the theme.

"So make all Member Countries pay, not just the United States!" he wrote Wednesday.

U.N. officials say 129 countries have paid their 2019 dues, two-thirds of all members. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said that nearly $2 billion has been paid to the organization this year and that the outstanding balance for other countries amounts to another $1.3 billion.

Dujarric described the financial situation as "the worst cash crisis facing the United Nations in nearly a decade" and said it "runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors."

President Donald Trump arrives to address the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Sept. 24, 2019. (Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP)

Created in 1945 on the heels of World War II, the United Nations charter tasked the organization with ending conflict and human rights abuses. Its real power lies in the 15-member Security Council, which can authorize sanctions and military action.

The U.S. has quarreled with the U.N. for decades over funding. A U.S. mission official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions, said the U.S. paid $600 million to peacekeeping efforts this year and will pay "the vast majority of what we owe to the regular budget this fall, as we have in past years."

But the longstanding tension has received renewed attention because of Trump, who once described the U.N. as "not a friend of democracy" and has consistently questioned multinational efforts such as NATO and the annual G-7 and G-20 summits.

Trump spent three days in New York last month for the annual U.N. General Assembly, pressing his case for sovereignty while also seeking support from allies to address a suspected Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia. Despite the international audience, Trump has used his U.N. addresses to speak more to domestic audiences.

"The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots," Trump told his counterparts on Sept. 24. "The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations."


'Government schools' vs freedom

Now the administration is taking its rhetoric even further, casting government schools as the enemy of education freedom. Yet, that’s where the coded language breaks down, because the administration’s education freedom does not actually mean educational opportunities that free students. It doesn’t mean securing a quality education — private or public — for every student or opening doors of opportunity that were once closed.

Education freedom means something much narrower: exiting public school with the assistance of state and federal dollars. The education quality students receive after they exit, the segregation it might produce, and the exclusion and discrimination students might face are not matters the administration is worried about.

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Feb. 4, 2020 (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Its tax schemes are just as antithetical to public education. Florida is supposed to be the model. When the Florida Supreme Court held that the state could not use public school money on private school vouchers, Florida developed a tax credit workaround. For every dollar donated to the state’s private tuition fund, Florida gives donors $1 back on their income tax bill. This allowed Florida to create the illusion it was not raiding public schools.

Reality defies the ruse. Florida has steadily increased tax credits for private schools for a decade. The cost in tax revenue is approaching $1 billion a year. During the same period, Florida has cut public school funding by 22% per student. Florida’s public school funding now ranks 41st in the nation.

Trump now proposes a federal system of tax credits just like Florida. Until that happens, the administration is pushing states to copy Florida on their own.

Last summer, for instance, the administration lobbied hard for a new school voucher bill in Tennessee, pushing it to victory by the very narrowest of margins. This year, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing an even more curious step. Rather than the state fully meeting student needs for mental health counselors, he will be seeking “private donations.” In other words, the state will not meet its constitutional duty to provide public education. It will rely on the private sector instead.


Trump: ‘My great honor’ to be called the ‘the most pro-gay president in American history’

Richard Grenell and President Trump RichardGrenell | Twitter By Doug Mainwaring
By Doug Mainwaring

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ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) &ndash President Donald Trump has embraced the message that he is &ldquothe most pro-gay president in American history,&rdquo after his former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Ambassador to Germany, self-identified homosexual Richard Grenell, made the claim in a viral new video ad.

Moreover, Grenell has just been tapped by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to serve as a senior adviser focused on outreach to LGBT voters, according to a Fox News report.

&ldquoMy great honor. &rdquo exclaimed the President, reweeting Grenell&rsquos declaration that &ldquoPresident Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history.&rdquo

Views of the video &ndash which had already quickly gone viral &ndash accelerated, topping 4 million in less than 30 hours and still going strong.

Initially it was unclear if the ad, sponsored by the pro-LGBT Log Cabin Republicans, had been approved by the Trump campaign. But now the president himself has given it his personal stamp of approval.

Trump&rsquos very public affirmation of Grenell&rsquos message combined with the RNC&rsquos official creation of an outreach aimed at LGBT voters spearheaded by Grenell creates a conundrum for many conservative religious voters. Such voters have wholeheartedly praised the president for his many actions to protect the life of the unborn and defend religious liberty, but they reject the normalization of homosexuality in American culture.

The progressive LGBT political machine, which previously has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party, has, along with the abortion industry, proven to be the greatest threat to religious liberty this nation has known in recent decades.

Wedding cake bakers, photographers, florists, and many others can attest to that.

The presence of LGBT political heft within the Republican Party may lead to a weakening of religious liberty while further normalizing homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism &ndash a direct affront to Christianity and other religions.

Grenell: &lsquoI can prove it&rsquo

&ldquoPresident Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history,&rdquo said Grenell at the outset of his video ad.

&ldquoI can prove it,&rdquo he added. Grenell then goes on to list how Trump is the &ldquostrongest ally that gay Americans have ever had in the White House,&rdquo substantiating, in effect, that Trump policy when it comes to marriage and sexuality differs from that of Christianity.

In the ad, Grenell slams Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden&rsquos 40-year track record on gay issues while touting Trump&rsquos record, both official and implied.

&ldquoPresident Trump has done more to advance the rights of gays and lesbians in three years than Joe Biden did in 40-plus years in Washington,&rdquo Grenell said.

&ldquoI know firsthand that President Trump is the strongest ally that gay Americans have ever had in the White House,&rdquo the former head cabinet member said.

&ldquoDonald Trump is the first president in American history to be pro-gay marriage from his first day in office,&rdquo Grenell declared. &ldquoPresident Trump knew I was gay when he appointed me to one of the most prestigious and powerful ambassadorships in the world.&rdquo

Grenell is a self-proclaimed conservative, Christian, pro-life, gay man who has often been the target of harsh criticism from LGBT commentators and mainstream media because of his beliefs. He has also proved to be one of President Trump&rsquos most potent, trusted allies. Progressives generally dislike him and conservatives generally admire him.

Log Cabin Republicans says its purpose is to &ldquoto make the Republican Party more inclusive, particularly on LGBT issues,&rdquo which conservatives generally take to mean diluting and eventually eliminating the GOP&rsquos traditional conservative stances on marriage, homosexuality, and transgender ideology. As such, the group is more aptly described as &ldquoLibertarian&rdquo rather than &ldquoConservative.&rdquo

The organization challenged the military&rsquos &ldquoDon&rsquot Ask, Don&rsquot Tell&rdquo policy against open homosexuality in the military and lobbied Republican lawmakers to vote to repeal the policy. It also welcomed the Supreme Court&rsquos 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision instituting same-sex &ldquomarriage&rdquo across the United States.

In the just-released video, Grenell aligns himself with Log Cabin&rsquos views, blasting Biden, who as a U.S. Senator supported &ldquoDon&rsquot Ask, Don&rsquot Tell&rdquo and the &ldquoDefense of Marriage Act.&rdquo Biden was also &ldquoagainst marriage equality.&rdquo

President Trump had previously indicated that he is &ldquofine&rdquo with the Supreme Court&rsquos opinion legalizing same-sex &ldquomarriage,&rdquo calling the matter &ldquosettled.&rdquo

Trump advisory board member Steve Mosher, an acclaimed author, speaker, and founder and head of the Population Research Institute, told LifeSiteNews that, overall, Trump is taking bold stands on the culture wars front.

&ldquoOn the culture wars front, Trump has probably done more than any president since Calvin Coolidge,&rdquo he said.

&ldquoHe has opposed abortion on demand more openly and consistently than any prior president. And then there are the sheer number of judges, which eclipses the record of any prior president in a single term,&rdquo Mosher continued in a statement to LifeSiteNews.

&ldquoOn the transgender front, since April 12, 2019, transgenders are not allowed to serve or enlist in the United States military. As far as the rest of the almost infinite number of aberrations found in our sex-crazed society, most cannot be solved by policies or presidents,&rdquo Mosher observed.

&ldquoSo the glass is pretty full, in my view,&rdquo he added. &ldquoWe must not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.&rdquo

Despite Grenell&rsquos claims that Trump is more pro-gay than Biden, the Democrats&rsquo 2020 platform promises, among other things, to enact the far-left so-called Equality Act guarantee boys can enter girls&rsquo bathrooms and vice versa and &ldquoban harmful &lsquoconversion therapy&rsquo practices.&rdquo It says &ldquomedically accurate, LGBTQ+ inclusive, age-appropriate sex education&rdquo is &ldquoessential&rdquo and boasts that Democrats &ldquowill work to ensure LGBTQ+ people are not discriminated against when seeking to adopt or foster children.&rdquo

Full transcript of the Grenell/Log Cabin Republicans video:

President Trump is the most pro-gay president in American history. I can prove it.

My name is Ric Grenell. I&rsquom America&rsquos first openly gay cabinet member.


Remember the Alamo? Donald Trump heads to Texas to defend legacy tarnished by Capitol riot

If the House succeeds in impeaching President Donald Trump, he would become the first president to be impeached twice. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – As lawmakers call for his immediate removal – and plan a second impeachment – President Donald Trump is likely to defend himself Tuesday with a speech in Alamo, Texas.

This Alamo is a small town on the Texas-Mexico border where the outgoing president plans to promote his immigration policy and defend his presidential legacy – a legacy tarnished by last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol by enraged Trump supporters who the president had urged to "fight like hell" earlier in the day.

The White House has billed Trump's visit as a chance to "mark the completion of more than 400 miles of border wall – a promise made, promise kept – and his Administration’s efforts to reform our broken immigration system."

Trump is leaving behind a Washington, D.C., still gripped with fear over last week's insurrection, while the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic ramifications continue to batter the country. And there are concerns about even more violence, with the FBI on Monday warning of events planned at statehouses in all 50 states.

Jennifer Mercieca, an associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University, said the event serves as a chance for Trump to try to shape the narrative around his final days in office.

"Trump has lost his agenda-setting power, and he's trying to force positive news stories about his presidency by doing a 'highlights reel' of events and photo-ops," said Mercieca, who wrote the book "Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump."

Deprived of his account by Twitter, faced with defections from his staff and seeing his political ratings slide, Trump has been largely silent for several days as Democratic lawmakers prepare articles of impeachment.

Some lawmakers, including Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., as well as the Democratic leaders of both chambers of Congress, have called on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office immediately , saying he is incapable of office after inciting last week's rioters . The Trump Cabinet is not likely to act on the suggestion.

The House impeached Trump in 2019 over a phone call in which he pressured the government of Ukraine to investigate Biden and members of his family. The Republican-led Senate acquitted Trump last year.

Despite the calls for his ouster, Trump is likely to stay in office until the legal termination of his presidency at noon Jan. 20, a week from Wednesday. He is preparing a series of farewell gestures, including pardons, executive orders and perhaps more public comments like the ones planned in Texas on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump could face a second impeachment trial after the riot at the Capitol. (Photo: File Photo/The Associated Press)

This is Trump's first in-person speech since last Wednesday, when he addressed a rally near the White House to protest the election of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. The remarks inspired members of the crowd to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol, where they broke in and threatened members of Congress counting Biden's electoral votes. Five people, including a police officer, were killed.

"You’ll never take back our country with weakness," Trump told his angry backers. "You have to show strength, and you have to be strong."

As Pence and lawmakers fled to safe places and tear gas fogged the Capitol Rotunda, Trump took to social media to ask supporters to "go home," though he expressed sympathy for the rioters' cause.

Twitter banned Trump's account, arguing his lies and promotion of misinformation about the election could trigger more violence.

As a backdrop to Trump's trip to Alamo, Texas, the House Democratic majority plans an impeachment vote as soon as Wednesday.

About 250 miles south of San Antonio, the town of Alamo is named for the 19th-century mission and fortress where a Texas army was defeated by Mexican troops in 1836. Texans used the defeat at the Alamo as a rallying cry during their fight for independence from Mexico.

Located in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, this portion of the U.S.-Mexico border continues to be the busiest corridor for human smuggling among the agency's nine sectors located along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Rio Grande Valley also remains a major focus of border wall construction, especially in areas that previously did not have any barriers.

Customs and Border Protection has not publicly disclosed how many miles of new wall have been built in areas of the border that previously did not have any barriers. However, at least the 17 miles that CBP said have been completed in the Rio Grande Valley sector are in areas without any barriers in the past.

Some political analysts said they would prefer to see Trump give a resignation speech at this Alamo, but they expect more defiance from the soon-to-be-ex-president.

Tim Miller, a former Republican strategist who worked for 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, said Trump "is fundamentally incapable of speaking without making our precarious situation worse and potentially inciting more violence."

How much last week's violence undercuts Trump's political standing "remains to be seen," said Janine Parry, professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. Pollsters for both parties are probably "in field now" trying to answer that question, she said.

Early returns are not great for Trump, according to a Quinnipiac Poll released Monday.

"A majority of Americans hold President Trump responsible for the chaos at the Capitol, and a slight majority believe that he should be removed from office," said Tim Malloy, polling analyst at Quinnipiac University.

Trump's approval rating, Quinnipiac reported, dipped to 33%, down 11 percentage points from his mark last month.

In Texas, Trump is likely to appeal to his remaining base of supporters, many of whom hail from rural areas such as Alamo. "It's no accident he selected this part of the country for remarks in this particular environment," Parry said.

That could include his selection of a town named "Alamo." Even though the town is not the hallowed location of battle, the very word – "Remember the Alamo!" – remains a potent symbol for many Texans and Americans .

“Instead of walking back the incendiary effect of his most recent public rally, he appears – with this choice – to be upping the ante,” Parry said. “If Americans know anything about the Alamo, it's that it was a place to make a ‘last stand’ or even to go out in a ‘blaze of glory.’”


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