Trump set to make debut at UN
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
Addressing the General Assembly is a milestone moment for any president, but one particularly significant for Trump, a relative newcomer to foreign policy who has at times rattled the international community with his unpredictability.
“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 aggressive missile testing, and Iran, which the president has accused of violating an international nuclear deal.
Trump has been sharply critical of the United Nations in the past, denouncing its “utter weakness and incompetence.” As president-elect, he derided it as “a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.” He also suggested deep cuts to U.S. funding for the U.N.