Trump goes to the UN with the sharpest nationalism ever. In addition, on Tuesday he also plans a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque
- The speech will highlight the importance of “protecting the sovereignty” of the United States, according to the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley
US President Donald Trump attends his second UN General Assembly with the nationalist ideology sharper than ever, and with the challenge of defending a series of unilateral policies that have irritated numerous US allies in its first year and a half in power.
Iran, North Korea and the fight against drugs will be some of Trump’s priorities during his visit to New York, where Monday begins a three-day agenda that will have his speech on Tuesday before the General Assembly and his debut as president of a session of the Security Council on Wednesday.
The speech will highlight the importance of “protecting the sovereignty” of the United States, according to the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.
“Not that we say that multilateralism cannot work, we say that sovereignty is a priority over all that,” the diplomat defended during a press conference.
A year ago, Trump also gave nationalist overtones to his first speech in the General Assembly, in which he declared that he would “always” put “the United States first”, and opined that the leaders of the rest of the countries also “should put their countries First”.
By then, however, proponents of multilateralism still had some influence in Trump’s environment, and the traditional allies of the US were weaving ties with the new government in the hope that the president’s most shocking promises would be diluted with the passage of time and thanks to the weight of the bureaucracy.
But since Trump gave that speech, the US has withdrawn from the nuclear pact with Iran and two leading UN forums: the Human Rights Council and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
Trump, who at the beginning of his mandate also left the Paris agreement on climate change and froze the opening to Cuba, has been unleashed in recent months to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, start a trade war with China and stoke the Tensions with the member countries of the G7 and NATO.
“Last year, (Trump) hinted that ‘the United States first’ was an idea compatible with international cooperation, and now the president will find a more skeptical global audience,” Stewart Patrick, an expert on the relationship between the US, wrote this week. UU and the UN, on the website of the Center on Foreign Relations.
With the protectionist rhetoric inflamed by the proximity of the November legislative elections, in which control of Congress is played, Trump also arrives in New York emboldened by a new foreign policy team that does not seem worried about containing its most extreme instincts.
Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, is a skeptic of multilateralism, and his combination with the new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has resulted in harsh US threats to Iran and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In this context of international withdrawal, Trump’s most notable attempt to chart a positive agenda is his détente with North Korea, although there has been little progress since its June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
His bilateral meeting on Monday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in could be in that sense the most interesting of his private contacts in New York, where he also plans to meet with the presidents of France and Egypt, and the prime ministers of Israel. , Japan and the United Kingdom, according to the White House.
In addition, on Tuesday he also plans a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque.
Moon held a three-day summit with Kim this week and wants to convince Trump to support the signing of a peace agreement on the Korean peninsula.
North Korea will also focus a ministerial meeting of the Security Council chaired by Pompeo, who has invited his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong-ho, to meet him in New York.
Trump will lead a high-level meeting on Monday focused on the fight against drugs, and on Wednesday he will preside for the first time a meeting of the UN Security Council.
That meeting is officially dedicated to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but Trump plans to take advantage of it to lash out against Iran and defend its withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, a move not supported by the rest of the Council’s powers.
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