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Trump blasts socialism as 'destroyer of societies' in UN address

Trump blasts socialism as 'destroyer of societies' in UN address
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE on Tuesday decried socialism during an address to the United Nations, lambasting it as a "destroyer of societies" in comments that doubled as a swipe at some of his Democratic rivals.

“One of the most serious challenges our countries face is the specter of socialism. It’s the wrecker of nations and the destroyer of societies," Trump said during his 35-minute address to the General Assembly.

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Trump cited Venezuela as an example of the failures of socialism, describing embattled President Nicolás Maduro as a "Cuban puppet." The Trump administration has backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó but Maduro has remained in power.

"Events in Venezuela remind us all that socialism and communism are not about justice, they are not about equality, they are not about lifting up the poor and they are certainly not about the good of the nation," Trump said.

“Socialism and communism are about one thing only: Power for the ruling class," Trump continued. "Today I repeat a message to the world that I have delivered at home: America will never be a socialist country.”

As Trump spoke, cameras captured the Venezuelan delegate reading a book.

 

 

While the president's remarks were directed at Venezuela, the commentary also served as a thinly-veiled shot at some of the candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMusk's SpaceX has a competitive advantage over Bezos' Blue Origin New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  Warren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats Warren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' MORE (D-Mass.), two front-runners in the race, have supported policies like "Medicare for All" and the Green New Deal that Trump and other conservatives have blasted as socialist.

The president has made railing against socialism a mainstay in his campaign addresses, seeking to make the self-described democratic socialists Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Israel launches heavy airstrikes on Gaza as pressure increases on US to help broker ceasefire Capitol riot fuels debate over domestic terror laws MORE (D-N.Y.) the face of the party.

Still, Trump has trailed Sanders, Warren and the more centrist former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE in recent polling of hypothetical 2020 match-ups.