Trump to slap ‘foes’ and embrace friends in his first UN speech

- Associated Press, NEW YORK

Sep 17, 2017-

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,” US 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 HR 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 US funding for the UN.

Haley and McMaster outlined a robust schedule for Trump, who will also be joined by Vice President 

Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other top advisers. 



Meetings on the sidelines

  • Monday: Meetings French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
  • Tuesday: Meeting with the emir of Qatar, whose kingdom is embroiled in a dispute with other Middle East nations over alleged funding of terror groups 
  • Wednesday: To hold a working lunch with African leaders and will meet with the heads of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. To sit down with British Prime Minster Theresa May, just days after she scolded him for choosing to publicly ‘speculate’ about the nature of Friday’s London subway blast 
  • Thursday: Meetings with leaders from Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine before holding a lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan, largely to discuss the threats emanating from North Korea


Published: 17-09-2017 08:58

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