President Donald Trump delivered one of his harshest critiques of globalism Tuesday at the UN General Assembly, promoting the “America First” ethos that has defined his presidency on issues of defense, trade, and immigration before a body built on international cooperation, The Washington Post reported.
Trump read his address in a somber monotone, rarely punctuating words or pausing for emphasis, but his message for the 74th session of the annual gathering of world leaders was clear as he argued that a view of the world as a global commons had “exerted a religious pull over past leaders” at the expense of their own nations.
“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots,” Trump said. “The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”
Trump’s speech before the United Nations, a group founded on the principle that multilateral cooperation can stop international conflicts, underscored that his administration sees little benefit in assuming much of the global leadership responsibility embraced by his predecessors.
In his 37-minute address, Trump stressed that all nations must take care of themselves first while adding that the United States would get involved abroad only when its own interests were threatened, The Post adds.
Trump also used his platform Tuesday to take a hard line against Iran as tensions between the two countries escalate following an attack on a Saudi oil facility this month.