Trump bashes globalism at UN, claims US now ‘stronger, richer’
US President Donald Trump made himself a target for criticism by attacking globalism and touting his America First foreign policy and trade stance in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
“We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism,” Trump said, highlighting achievements that he said have made the United States a “stronger, safer and a richer country” than before.
Trump said the US is taking a “hard look” at its foreign assistance to countries that don’t have American interests “at heart”.
He attacked organizations such as the UN Human Rights Council and International Criminal Court, saying the US “will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy”.
But when Trump said, “In less than two years, my administration accomplished more than almost any administrathat every country has the right to choose its own development path and social system.
Fan Jishe, a researcher at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the speech is a reflection of Trump’s style and his policies.
Zhang Zhixin, an associate researcher at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said the remarks reflected the Trump administration’s “economic nationalism, diplomatic hegemonism and unilateralist policy orientation”.
Trump lashed out at Iran and the nuclear deal, asking “all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues”.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Trump seems determined to make international institutions ineffectual.
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Xinhua and AP contributed to this story.