UNITED NATIONS (ChurchMilitant.com) - President Donald Trump is calling out the United Nations for promoting abortion.
He spoke at one point about the right to life, condemning forces at the United Nations that promote a radical pro-abortion agenda.
"Americans will also never tire of defending innocent life," Trump told international leaders. "We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, right up until the moment of delivery."
He continued, "Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God."
The day before Trump's speech, the United States and 18 other countries presented to the United Nations a joint statement saying there is no international right to abortion.
That occurred as part of a meeting at the United Nations, during which U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke out against using ambiguous terms like "reproductive health and rights" as euphemisms for abortion access.
After criticizing the United Nations' promotion of abortion, President Trump discussed Americans' right to bear arms, saying at one point, "The United States will always uphold our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We will always uphold our Second Amendment."
Promoting nationalism and criticizing globalism were themes the president echoed time and again.
For example, he said of immigration policies, "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."
President Trump condemned socialism, citing the crisis in Venezuela as an example of socialism's dangers. He called socialism "the wrecker of nations and destroyer of societies."
At other points, the U.S. president warned fellow leaders about the dangers posed by North Korea, Iran and China.
To close out his address on Tuesday, Trump emphasized the role of patriotism in building a better world.
"Patriots see a nation and its destiny in ways no one else can," the U.S. president argued, adding:
Liberty is only preserved, sovereignty is only secured, democracy is only sustained, greatness is only realized by the will and devotion of patriots. In their spirit is found the strength to resist oppression, the inspiration to forge legacy, the goodwill to seek friendship, and the bravery to reach for peace.
Trump remarked, "Love of our nations makes the world better for all nations."
"My fellow leaders," Trump concluded his speech, "the path to peace and progress and freedom and justice and a better world for all humanity begins at home. Thank you, God bless you, God bless the nations of the world and God bless America. Thank you very much."
John Zmirak, senior editor of The Stream, contrasted parts of Trump's speech with remarks made by Pope Francis.
For example, Trump told the United Nations why America pulled out of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and does not recognize the International Criminal Court. Zmirak contrasted this with what the Pope said in an in-flight press conference on Sept. 10:
International organizations, when we recognize them and give them the capacity to judge on a global scale — we think of the international tribunal in The Hague or the United Nations — when they make claims, if we are a humanity (a civil forum), we have to obey. It is true that the things that seem right for all humanity will not always be for our pockets, but we must obey international institutions; for this [reason] the United Nations was created, international tribunals were created. (Translated from the Italian transcript.)
Some conservative commentators described President Trump's speech Tuesday as well-worded, thoughtful and articulate.
For instance, Zmirak called the speech "powerful," noting, "This time Trump stuck to the text he'd approved. He spoke of high principles in the tone of a seasoned leader. And the vision he laid ought to inspire us."
K.T. McFarland, former deputy national security advisor to President Trump, believes it was "his best speech by a long shot," arguing that Trump "articulated for the first time in great detail what 'America First' means and what 'Make America Great Again' means."
Other commentators, especially those critical of the current president, argued that Trump's delivery was bland and unenthused. Some speculated he was speaking slowly and plainly to help the U.N. translators.