President says we reject globalism and embrace the doctrine of patriotism but laughter breaks out when Trump boasts of achievements
Donald Trump urged other nations to reject globalism and embrace patriotism at a speech to the United Nations that was interrupted by derisive laughter from other world leaders.
In the course of the bombastic address, Trump highlighted the achievements of his presidency, lashed out at enemies Iran foremost among them and railed against multilateralism in its spiritual home, the UN general assembly (UNGA).
In one of the more remarkable moments in the history of the annual UN summit, the chamber broke out in spontaneous laughter at Trumps claim that in less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
Clearly taken aback, Trump said: I didnt expect that reaction, but thats OK.
The president arrived late for the summit, only leaving Trump Tower at the time he was due to speak. His turn in the running order was taken by his counterpart from Ecuador. When he arrived at the green marble podium, Trump expounded on his visceral dislike of multilateral institutions, which he portrayed as inherent threats to US sovereignty.
America is governed by Americans, Trump said. We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
The greatest contrast with the earlier speech was a list of friends and enemies. Most notably, Trump included the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, in the first group. Just over a year after threatening to totally destroy North Korea, Trump thanked the countrys leader for his courage, and for the steps he has taken.
Trump presented his June summit with Kim in Singapore as a dramatic breakthrough, saying missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing had stopped, US prisoners had been released and the remains of fallen US soldiers had been returned.
He said the summit represented a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand.
Nuclear experts have been unconvinced, pointing out that Kim has showed no sign of being ready to dismantle his nuclear arsenal, and Pyongyang has said it has no interest in unilateral disarmament.
The main target of Trumps rhetoric was Iran, who he blamed for the Syrian conflict.