■ 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’
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
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.