Trump touts sovereignt­y over glob­al­ist ide­ol­ogy

As­sails In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court, WTO

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY DAVE BOYER

Pres­i­dent Trump told the United Na­tions that the U.S. is guided by pa­tri­o­tism in­stead of glob­al­ism, re­ject­ing the author­ity of world bod­ies such as the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court, the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion and a U.N. mi­gra­tion ini­tia­tive even as he praised the U.N. it­self as a force for peace.

In the most in-your-face de­fense yet of his “Amer­ica First” agenda, a de­fi­ant Mr. Trump stood be­fore U.N. del­e­gates who sneered openly at him and told them that the U.S. will never sub­mit to in­ter­na­tional con­trols as long as he is in charge.

“Amer­ica is gov­erned by Amer­i­cans,” Mr. Trump told the an­nual U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York. “We re­ject the ide­ol­ogy of glob­al­ism, and we em­brace the doc­trine of pa­tri­o­tism. We will never sur­ren­der Amer­ica’s sovereignt­y to an un­ac­count­able, un­elected global bu­reau­cracy.”

The pres­i­dent warned that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would take a “hard look” at its for­eign aid bud­get of more than $40 bil­lion and stop re­ward­ing coun­tries that act against U.S. in­ter­ests.

“We are only go­ing to give for­eign aid to those who re­spect us and, frankly, are our friends,” he said.

Mr. Trump ar­rived at the United Na­tions as more of a known quan­tity to his au­di­ence than a year ago, when he shocked the world’s diplo­mats by promis­ing to “to­tally de­stroy” North Korea if it con­tin­ued to threaten the U.S. This time, a more somber Mr. Trump be­gan his speech by say­ing he wanted “to share the ex­tra­or­di­nary progress we’ve made.”

“In less than two years, my ad­min­is­tra­tion has ac­com­plished more than al­most any ad­min­is­tra­tion in the his­tory of our coun­try,” the pres­i­dent said with ob­vi­ous pride for the thriv­ing U.S. econ­omy.

But the as­sem­bled del­e­gates greeted Mr. Trump’s vic­tory lap with au­di­ble grum­bling and some de­ri­sive laugh­ter.

“So true,” Mr. Trump said of Amer­ica’s progress. “Didn’t ex­pect that re­ac­tion, but that’s OK.”

His ad-libbed com­ment prompted more laugh­ter and some ap­plause.

In re­gard to Iran, the pres­i­dent called on world lead­ers to join the U.S. in iso­lat­ing and sanc­tion­ing Tehran un­til the Is­lamic re­pub­lic stops spread­ing ter­ror­ism and work­ing to build a nu­clear ar­se­nal.

“We can­not al­low the world’s lead­ing spon­sor of ter­ror­ism to pos­sess the planet’s most dan­ger­ous weapons,” Mr. Trump said. “We ask all na­tions to iso­late Iran’s regime as long as its ag­gres­sion con­tin­ues.”

But Mr. Trump’s broader theme was a re­jec­tion of global trade rules and other in­ter­na­tional con­trols that he said have harmed U.S. in­ter­ests for decades. He at­tacked the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court, which he said has no le­git­i­macy.

The pres­i­dent also crit­i­cized the U.N. global com­pact on mi­gra­tion, an ef­fort that Pres­i­dent Obama em­braced to re­set­tle refugees. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion no­ti­fied the United Na­tions late last year that the U.S. would not con­tinue with Mr. Obama’s com­mit­ment to the ini­tia­tive.

“The U.S. will not par­tic­i­pate in the new global com­pact on mi­gra­tion,” Mr. Trump said. “Mi­gra­tion should not be gov­erned by an in­ter­na­tional body un­ac­count­able to our own cit­i­zens.”

He also said the U.S. would not re­join the U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, from which Amer­ica with­drew last year, un­til it re­forms.

Even as he scorned in­ter­na­tional rules, Mr. Trump of­fered praise for the United Na­tions. He said at a lun­cheon that the world body “is like home” to him.

“The United Na­tions has this in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial to bring peo­ple to­gether,” he said.

Democrats in Washington panned Mr. Trump’s speech. Rep. Eliot L. En­gel of New York, the top Demo­crat on the House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, said the ad­dress “will serve only to iso­late us fur­ther.”

“It re­mains deeply un­set­tling to see an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent stand be­fore the United Na­tions — a body in which Amer­i­can lead­er­ship has changed the course of the world for decades — and es­pouse a world­view that un­der­mines so much of what we helped build on the global stage,” Mr. En­gel said.

Sen. David Perdue, Ge­or­gia Repub­li­can and a mem­ber of the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, said Mr. Trump was “dis­play­ing strong lead­er­ship at a time when the world needs it most.”

“Pres­i­dent Trump sent a strong mes­sage to all sov­er­eign na­tions: The United States will not tol­er­ate ex­pan­sion­ist for­eign pow­ers, will fight against hu­man traf­fick­ing and will part­ner world­wide to tackle the global drug cri­sis,” he said.

Mr. Trump said he is stand­ing up not only for the U.S. but also for other sov­er­eign na­tions.

“That is why Amer­ica will al­ways choose in­de­pen­dence and co­op­er­a­tion over global gov­er­nance, con­trol and dom­i­na­tion,” he said. “I honor the right of ev­ery na­tion in this room to pur­sue its own cus­toms, be­liefs and tra­di­tions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or wor­ship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignt­y in re­turn.”

Re­fer­ring to his tar­iff war with China, Mr. Trump said the U.S. has lost 3 mil­lion man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs since China joined the WTO.

“We have racked up $13 tril­lion in trade deficits over last two decades,” he said. “Those days are over. Amer­ica will never apol­o­gize for pro­tect­ing its cit­i­zens. China’s mar­ket dis­tor­tions and the way they deal can­not be tol­er­ated. Amer­ica will al­ways act in our na­tional in­ter­est.”

Mr. Trump also said “re­spon­si­ble” coun­tries must guard against “new forms of co­er­cion and dom­i­na­tion” such as the 15-na­tion OPEC, which largely con­trols oil prices world­wide.

“OPEC and OPEC na­tions, are, as usual, rip­ping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it,” Mr. Trump said. “No­body should like it. We de­fend many of these na­tions for noth­ing, and then they take ad­van­tage of us by giv­ing us high oil prices. We want them to stop rais­ing prices, we want them to start low­er­ing prices, and they must con­trib­ute sub­stan­tially to mil­i­tary pro­tec­tion from now on. We are not go­ing to put up with it — these hor­ri­ble prices — much longer.”

He praised Poland for build­ing a pipe­line to re­duce its de­pen­dence on crude oil and nat­u­ral gas from Rus­sia.

“Ger­many will be­come to­tally de­pen­dent on Russian en­ergy if it does not im­me­di­ately change course,” Mr. Trump said in ref­er­ence to the planned Nord Stream 2 pipe­line, which would dou­ble the amount of nat­u­ral gas shipped to Ger­many from Rus­sia.

Among the chal­lenges fac­ing nu­mer­ous na­tions, he said, are “threats to sovereignt­y from un­con­trolled mi­gra­tion.”

“Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion funds crim­i­nal net­works, ruth­less gangs and the flow of deadly drugs,” Mr. Trump said. “Il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion ex­ploits vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions, hurts hard­work­ing cit­i­zens, and has pro­duced a vi­cious cy­cle of crime, vi­o­lence and poverty. Only by up­hold­ing na­tional bor­ders, de­stroy­ing crim­i­nal gangs can we break this cy­cle and es­tab­lish a real foun­da­tion for pros­per­ity.

“We rec­og­nize the right of ev­ery na­tion in this room to set its own im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy in ac­cor­dance with its na­tional in­ter­ests, just as we ask other coun­tries to re­spect our own right to do the same — which we are do­ing.”

While re­ject­ing in­ter­na­tional fo­rums, Mr. Trump hailed the co­op­er­a­tion of many U.N. mem­bers in help­ing the U.S. ex­ert eco­nomic and diplo­matic pres­sure on North Korea to halt its nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile vi­o­la­tions.

“With sup­port from many coun­tries here to­day, we have en­gaged with North Korea to re­place the specter of con­flict with a bold and new push for peace,” Mr. Trump said. “The mis­siles and rock­ets are no longer fly­ing in ev­ery di­rec­tion. Nu­clear test­ing has stopped. Some mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties are al­ready be­ing dis­man­tled.”

He thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “for his courage and for the steps he has taken” but said sanc­tions “will stay in place un­til de­nu­cle­ariza­tion oc­curs.”


Pres­i­dent Trump, in a de­fi­ant ad­dress to an au­di­ence at the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York, de­clared that “Amer­ica is gov­erned by Amer­i­cans.”

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