UNITED NATIONS: President Donald Trump will talk about protecting US sovereignty, expanding relations with countries that share similar values and call for a halt to the spread of weapons of mass destruction during next week’s gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly, his top diplomat to the UN has said.
Trump will participate in a number of UN General Assembly (UNGA) events and bilateral meetings from September 24-27.
Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the General Assembly Mar a Fernanda Espinosa Garces, leaders of South Korea, Egypt, France, Israel, Japan and the UK on the sidelines of the UNGA.
Trump is “looking forward to talking about the foreign policy successes the US has had over the last year and where we are going to go from here. He wants to talk about protecting US sovereignty,” and expanding relations with countries that share similar values, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters here Thursday.
Haley cited the example of the US decisions to exit the UN’s Global Migration Compact and the Paris Climate Change Accord, saying that “all of these things that we felt like were mandating things on the US, those aren’t things we want to be involved in. We really value sovereignty of the country.”
She added that this is not saying that multilateralism cannot work, “but it’s saying sovereignty is a priority over all of that.
“Anytime the US talks about sovereignty, it’s always going to be the will of the American people and not the will of international community,” the Indian-American diplomat said.
Haley said the President will also talk about foreign aid and how generous the US is.
“He will also lay down a marker that while the US is generous, we are going to be generous to those who share our values, generous to those who want to work with us and not those that try to stop the US or say that they hate America and are counter-productive to what we are doing.”