Trump asks U.N. for Help After Calling the World body Corrupt, Incompetent and Elitist
In 2016, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump lampooned the United Nations as a “club” for people to “have a good time.” Today, Trump traveled to New York to ask the U.N. to help him deal with various thorny issues, notably North Korea.
In December 2016, Trump wrote on Twitter that the world body “has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.”
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
In numerous speeches during the presidential campaign, then candidate Trump loved to use the U.N. as a fodder. In March 2016 he said, “The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom.”
But when Mr. Trump faces the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, his tone is expected to change. Experts agree he will be looking to the world leaders to help him find solutions to a host of issues.
Experts say they are worried that various parts of the Trump administration may not be on the same page when it comes to how to deal with North Korea.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley said over the weekend that she believes military options for North Korea are on the table, and the United States will be forceful in its response should North Korea provoke a reaction.
“We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we could do at the Security Council at this point. If the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed.”
“But when Mr. Trump faces the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, his tone is expected to change. Experts agree he will be looking to the world leaders to help him find solutions to a host of issues.”
But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a few minutes later that the administration still preferred diplomacy over military action.
“To be clear, we seek a peaceful solution to this,” he said.
So far economic sanctions does not seem to be persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions. If anything, it seems to be motivating North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un to go in the opposite direction.
Experts say that will force Trump to try to convince group members whom he repeatedly ridiculed as “elitist” and “incompetent” to continue to support the enforcement of sanctions that stifles North Korea’s ability to conduct international trade.
On Monday, Ambassador Haley claimed Trump’s condescending tone towards the United Nations was a good thing and has brought about needed change.
“We can say it’s a new day at the U.N. You’ve got a United Nations that’s action-oriented. We’ve passed two resolutions on North Korea just in the last month. And you also have a United Nations that is totally moving towards reform,” she said.
Earlier today, Trump tweeted that he spoke to South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, about threats from the North, calling Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man.”
I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017
The U.S. president is also facing issues like the Iran nuclear deal that he threatened to end and the Paris climate agreement. Earlier this year, Trump announced he will pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.
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