"We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril," Trump said in his opening remarks, touting the status of the American economy since his election in November 2016. "As Americans, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but instead let it shine as an example...The American story is the story of what is possible when people take ownership of their future."
As a main theme, the President rejected globalism without rejecting working relationships with other countries. He stressed the importance of alliances in order to embolden individuals and argued the UN can accomplish important goals without sovereign states giving up inherent values.
After making it clear his interest is in creating and bolstering working relationships with countries around the world while protecting the sovereignty of the United States, Trump went directly after the United Nations for focusing on bureaucracy rather than results. He also highlighted the hypocrisy of notorious human rights abusers sitting on the UN Human Rights Council.