United Nations, Sep 27 (IENews) US political experts have thrashed US President Donald Trump’s speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
They said that the President’s speech is indicative of a zero-sum worldview that is detrimental to world stability and prosperity.
While highlighting his commitment to “putting sovereignty above global governance,” he attacked globalism, and lashed out at several international organisations and treaties.
He attacked institutions such as the UN Human Rights Council, the International Criminal Court and the Iran nuclear deal, all of which his administration has said it would exit or impose sanctions against.
Kyle Ferrier, an analyst for the Washington-based Korea Economic Institute of America, media that “Trump’s Tuesday’s speech attempted to reframe his ‘America First’ foreign policy into something that would be more universally understandable : patriotism.”
“Dressing up his foreign policy, however, is not going to allay widespread concerns about US withdrawal from global governance,” Ferrier said.
“Trump’s foreign policy is a mixture of anti-globalism and traditional conservatism, which don’t often align,” the expert said.
Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, told media that “in his speech, President Trump drew on his own belief in American sovereignty, as well as the advice being given to him by advisors like John Bolton and Stephen Miller.”
“In this framework, international institutions present a threat to American sovereignty, especially at a time when issues like immigration, trade, and the role of frameworks such as alliances and multilateral institutions limit American freedom of action,” he said.
Christopher Galdieri, assistant professor at Saint Anselm College, said that “since his first flirtations with running for office, Trump has seen the United States as getting the short end of the stick when it comes to relations with other countries, particularly in the realms of trade deals and multilateral agreements.”
“Trump appears to view relations with other countries in zero-sum, bilateral terms that there should be two parties to agreements, and the United States should get the better of the other country in the deal,” he said.
However, Douglas Paal, Vice President for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that Trump’s speech “is a campaign statement for the mid-terms, making incredible claims for success.”
“Trump really does not care about other country’s systems, so he means not to interfere in that. But if a country poses a threat, military or economic to the US, it will work against it,” he said.
In his speech, Trump said that his meeting with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s top leader, Kim Jong Un, was productive. However, he added that sanctions on the nation will stay in place “until denuclearisation occurs.”
“The biggest difference between Trump’s 2018 and 2017 UNGA speeches is how he characterised North Korea (the DPRK),” said Ferrier.
Last year, Trump used the derogative nickname of “rocket man” for Kim and called the DPRK regime a “band of criminals.” This year, Trump thanked Kim for his courage in taking recent diplomatic steps, Xinhua added.
Comparing the two speeches is a reminder of how much the Korean Peninsula issue has changed in a year, Ferrier said