Trump touts na­tion­al­is­tic view of for­eign af­fairs at United Na­tions

Pres­i­dent says pa­tri­ots bet­ter than glob­al­ists

Albuquerque Journal - - NATION & WORLD - BY ANNE GEARAN AND SE­UNG MIN KIM

UNITED NA­TIONS — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­liv­ered one of his harsh­est cri­tiques of glob­al­ism on Tues­day at the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly, pro­mot­ing the “Amer­ica First” ethos that has de­fined his pres­i­dency on is­sues of de­fense, trade and im­mi­gra­tion be­fore a body built on in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

Trump read his ad­dress in a mono­tone, rarely punc­tu­at­ing words or paus­ing for em­pha­sis, but his mes­sage for the 74th ses­sion of the an­nual gath­er­ing of world lead­ers was clear as he ar­gued that a view of the world as a global com­mons had “ex­erted a re­li­gious pull over past lead­ers” at the ex­pense of their own na­tions.

“The fu­ture does not be­long to glob­al­ists. The fu­ture be­longs to pa­tri­ots,” Trump said. “The fu­ture be­longs to sov­er­eign and in­de­pen­dent na­tions who pro­tect their cit­i­zens, re­spect their neigh­bors, and honor the dif­fer­ences that make each coun­try spe­cial and unique.”

Trump’s speech be­fore the United Na­tions — a group founded on the prin­ci­ple that mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion can stop in­ter­na­tional con­flicts — un­der­scored that his ad­min­is­tra­tion sees lit­tle ben­e­fit in as­sum­ing much of the global lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties em­braced by his pre­de­ces­sors.

In his 37-minute ad­dress, Trump stressed that all na­tions must take care of them­selves first, while ad­ding that the United States would get in­volved abroad only when its own in­ter­ests were threat­ened.

He also used his plat­form Tues­day to take a hard line against Iran as ten­sions be­tween the two coun­tries es­ca­late fol­low­ing an at­tack on a Saudi oil fa­cil­ity ear­lier this month.

The U.S. — joined by the United King­dom, France and Ger­many this week — has blamed Iran for the at­tack on the oil fa­cil­ity and, dur­ing Tues­day’s ad­dress, Trump called Iran “one of the great­est se­cu­rity threats fac­ing peace-lov­ing na­tions to­day.”

“All na­tions have a duty to act. No re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment should sub­si­dize Iran’s blood lust,” Trump said. “As long as Iran’s men­ac­ing be­hav­ior con­tin­ues, sanc­tions will … be tight­ened.”

But Trump’s re­luc­tance to es­ca­late the stand­off with Tehran into a mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion was on dis­play later Tues­day when he teased a po­ten­tial meet­ing with Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani, say­ing Iran “would like to ne­go­ti­ate,” but that the two sides had not agreed to that “yet.”

For most of his ad­dress, Trump high­lighted his na­tion­al­ist per­spec­tive in many ar­eas, par­tic­u­larly trade and im­mi­gra­tion — two is­sues that helped put him in the White House.

On im­mi­gra­tion, Trump is­sued his char­ac­ter­is­tic warn­ings to­ward Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants mak­ing the jour­ney to the U.S. south­ern bor­der, say­ing: “If you make it here, you will not be al­lowed in; you will be promptly re­turned home.”

SETH WENIG/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ad­dresses the 74th ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly at U.N. head­quar­ters on Tues­day. His speech con­demned glob­al­ism in fa­vor of sov­er­eign, in­de­pen­dent na­tions.

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