Trump Takes Aim at Cuba and Venezuela in Speech to the UN

The 72nd United Nations General Assembly began last week at its headquarters in New York City. The General Assembly provides Presidents and Prime Ministers a platform to speak as equals about the issues facing their nation and the world.

In his first speech before the UN General Assembly, President Donald Trump took aim at the United States’ two important ideological enemies in the Western Hemisphere: Cuba and Venezuela.

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 tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems. America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their well-being, including their prosperity.

President Nicolas Maduro, who is not attending the General Assembly, responded by calling Donald Trump the “new Hitler of international politics.”

Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, often directed similar rhetoric towards former US President George Bush. At the 61st UN General Assembly in 2006, Chavez called Bush “the devil.”

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