Trump to ‘slap’ foes in first UN speech: Nikki

Trump to meet lead­ers from Europe, Asia, Latin Amer­ica

The Asian Age - - World -

Wash­ing­ton, Sept. 16: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will pum­mel foes and em­brace friends in his first speech to the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly next week, keep­ing pres­sure on Wash­ing­ton’s ad­ver­saries North Korea and Iran, US am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley said on Fri­day.

Brief­ing re­porters ahead of the an­nual UN meet­ing, Ms Ha­ley and White House na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser HR McMaster took a tough line on North Korea, warn­ing that a mil­i­tary op­tion to deal with its nu­clear threats was avail­able.

Mr Trump will meet with lead­ers from Europe, Asia, the Mid­dle East and Latin Amer­ica through­out the week, but his re­marks, sched­uled for Tues­day, will be the Pres­i­dent’s high­est pro­file op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain his for­eign pol­icy vi­sion couched in his “Amer­ica first” agenda.

“I per­son­ally think he slaps the right peo­ple, he hugs the right peo­ple, and he comes out with (the) US be­ing very strong, in the end,” Ms Ha­ley, speak­ing at the White House, said of Mr Trump’s speech.

Ms Ha­ley de­clined to say whether Mr Trump would com­mit Wash­ing­ton to main­tain­ing its cur­rent level of fund­ing for the 193-nation body.

Mr Trump has com­plained that the United States funds 22 per cent of the UN bud­get and nearly 30 per cent of UN peace­keep­ing du­ties.

Mr Trump will kick off the week with a meet­ing about UN re­form on Mon­day.

He will then have meet­ings with French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu that will fo­cus on Iran, Mr McMaster said.

I per­son­ally think he slaps the right peo­ple, he hugs the right peo­ple, and he comes out with (the) US be­ing very strong, in the end

— Nikki Ha­ley, US am­bas­sador to United Na­tions

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