Trump to ‘slap’ foes in first UN speech: Nikki
Trump to meet leaders from Europe, Asia, Latin America
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