China, Russia, Iran No Longer Respect US Because of Biden

Reviewing the nation’s challenges Thursday night in a speech to a Heritage Foundation audience, former President Donald Trump said America faces a historically rough period. 

“You could take the five worst presidents in American history and put them together, and they would not have done the damage that Joe Biden has done in one year,” Trump said in remarks to Heritage’s Annual Leadership Conference, held on Amelia Island, Florida. (The Daily Signal is the think tank’s multimedia news outlet.) 

Among the problems the former president talked about were rising inflation, disruptions in the supply chain, America’s lower standing in the world, and emboldened enemies. 

Trump blasted Biden for the nation’s humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, efforts to reach a new nuclear deal with Iran, increased reliance on overseas oil, and other international developments. 

“China no longer respects us. Iran does not fear us anymore. With their monstrous invasion of Ukraine, Russia showed just how weak they think our leaders are,” Trump said.  “They would have never done that under the Trump administration. This is the most dangerous period in the history of our country.”

The 45th president made a note of what he considers hope.  

“The Biden administration should be quickly reversed by a new Congress and every policy of the Trump administration should be immediately restored on Day One when the next president sets foot in the Oval Office–or even better, before,” Trump said in remarks that lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. 

Trump, recalling his presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020, noted that he helped grow the Republican Party among Hispanics and working-class voters. 

“We grew the conservative movement into a working people’s movement and we transformed the GOP into the working people’s party, and we are never, ever going back,” he said. “We increased our size massively; we’re winning areas we never thought possible.” 

Trump also mentioned that he tried to get COVID-19 vaccine faster than the Food and Drug Administration usually allows before approving it. He acknowledged that there was a right-wing vaccine hesitancy, but he blamed Democrats for trying to take credit for the three vaccines he obtained after Biden became president Jan. 20, 2021. 

“One of our greatest achievements was getting the vaccine done in nine months instead of five and a half to 12 years,” Trump told the Heritage audience. “But the problem is, we saved tens of millions of lives all around the world but I can’t talk about it because our base—our beautiful base of which some of you are [part]—gets angry when we mention the word vaccine.”

“Don’t get angry,” he quipped, adding:

It took nine months. Actually, it took less than nine months. And, frankly, that’s how many people are living right now. So, I’ll talk about it. Because they wanted to take credit, I believe the other side actually poisoned people. 

Remember Biden said, ‘Oh, [Trump] didn’t come up with the vaccine.’ Except he got a shot two months before he said that. … Even his own side stopped him on that one. But we did a great job on that and it’s very important, and I’m very proud of it. It’s amazing. Nine months. We pushed the FDA so much. They hate me so much.

Trump also praised the founding of the United States and the nation’s progress. 

“Our founding documents are not a source of shame, they are a source of pride,” Trump said, adding, “We believe that the first duty of government is to protect and defend the interest of its own citizens. In other words, to put America first.” 

Trump went on to reject wokeness and the left’s push for “equity” over equality. He noted that he is “the king of being politically incorrect.”

“We reject the discrimination and oppression of so-called equity and we embrace the eternal principle of equality under the law,” Trump said. 

He also addressed parental rights in education and the increasing number of biological males competing in women’s sports. 

“For two generations, we have allowed the radical left to indoctrinate America’s children from kindergarten to college, and enough is enough,” Trump said, adding:

Every American parent must have the right for their child’s education to be provided by public, private charter and religious schools. Transgenderism should never be taught by teachers without parental consent. And men should not be allowed to participate in women’s sports.

Trump exited to applause and the pulse of Sam & Dave’s 1966 hit “Hold On, I’m Comin’.”

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