On September 25, 2018, President Donald Trump addressed the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
The United Nations General Assembly is a collection of high-level meetings and presentations of information and data. World leaders are invited to deliver speeches about things that are important to them and their country and what they expect from the world.
Mr. Trump attended the General Assembly and delivered his speech. In his speech, he boasted about how much his administration has achieved. He stated: “Today, I stand before the United Nations General Assembly to share the extraordinary progress we’ve made. In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
After this statement the General Assembly burst into laughter, surprising Mr. Trump because he was not expecting to get a reaction like that. He thought people would take his words seriously, but the world only sees him as a joke now. World leaders do not take him as a serious leader and when they act against him, it is because they are trying to seem strong to their own people, not because they are playing a war game with him.
He also stated that the United States has no interest in globalization and partaking in an organization like the United Nations. His statements are contradictory to past American practices where Americans reached out to the world to improve relations, access to resources and expand militarily. He also stated:
“I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”
He means that if any authoritarian regime wants to punish its political dissidents (protestors, journalists, rebels etc), then the United States will not intervene.
Mr. Trump seems to think that the United States can return to the isolationist period that the United States was in pre-WWI. The United States has grown to be the strongest country in the country of the world where the American government can reach anywhere in the world. The United States has the strongest and largest military in the history of the world and its states have economies comparable to many countries. Returning to isolationism would only hurt the United States and its citizens. Access to resources and products would decline and American foreign relations would suffer greatly.
An addition to these statements, Mr. Trump also praised North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. He insulted major countries, including Germany, an economically strong country. It seems that Mr. Trump cannot tell the difference between American allies and foes of the United States.