U.S. President Donald Trump will argue in his speech to the UN that undermining border security is tantamount to “undermining human rights,” in defense of his immigration policy that has led him to severely restrict the right to asylum in the United States.
“When border security is undermined, human rights and human dignity are being undermined,” Trump said in his speech to the UN, according to extracts released by the White House.
Trump will also defend his “ambitious campaign to reform international trade,” arguing that this system has been “exploited for decades by countries that acted in bad faith,” in a clear reference to China, with which he maintains a trade war.
“The United States does not seek conflict with any other country. We seek peace, cooperation, and mutual victories for all. But I will never be frightened when it comes to defending America’s interests,” he said.
Trump will also re-emphasize his patriotic message, proclaiming that “love for our own countries makes the world a better place for all nations”.
“If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your country,” he will say.
This will be Trump’s third speech directed the UN General Assembly, and is expected to contain a strong message for Iran, a country with which tensions have increased following last week’s attacks on Saudi refineries.