■ Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day will give his de­but speech be­fore the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly.

Am­bas­sador hints that Mon­day’s speech will con­tain ‘slaps,’ ‘hugs’

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jonathan Lemire

NEW YORK — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will use his de­but speech to the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly next week to of­fer warmth to the United States’ al­lies and warn­ings to its ad­ver­saries.

“He slaps the right peo­ple, he hugs the right peo­ple, and he comes out very strong in the end,” U.S. Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley said Fri­day as she pre­viewed Trump’s Tues­day speech.

“No one is go­ing to grip and grin,” Ha­ley said at a White House brief­ing. “The United States is go­ing to work.”

Na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser H.R. McMaster said Trump “will urge all states to come to­gether to ad­dress great dan­gers” fac­ing the globe. Among top­ics cer­tain to be on the agenda: North Korea, which has

de­fied both sanc­tions and Trump’s threats by con­tin­u­ing with its mis­sile test­ing, and Iran, which the pres­i­dent has ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing an in­ter­na­tional nu­clear deal.

Ha­ley and McMaster out­lined a ro­bust sched­ule for Trump, who will also be joined by Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and other top ad­vis­ers. The meet­ings on the side­lines of the United Na­tions are of­ten done in

rapid suc­ces­sion.

The Gen­eral Assem­bly “is an in­cred­i­bly so­phis­ti­cated dance that doesn’t re­ally play to Tiller­son’s strengths or to the pres­i­dent’s strengths,” said Jon Al­ter­man of the Cen­ter for Strate­gic & In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies. “You of­ten have one 15-minute meet­ing after an­other,” with the goal of keep­ing fo­cused on key points. “It’s kind of like speed dat­ing from hell,” he said.

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