According to Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Donald Trump’s upcoming address to the U.N. General Assembly will emphasize strength and confidence, and clearly let America’s enemies know who they are.
“I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with (the) U.S. being very strong, in the end,” Haley said on Friday.
There is great interest in just what Trump will say to the gathered on Tuesday. Although the president campaigned, and was elected, on a platform made up largely of nationalist and populist ideas, there has been growing concern among his base that he is going to abandon many of his campaign promises in the interest of adopting a “go along, get along” posture.
According to The Hill, however, Trump’s speech to the U.N. is expected to formally present his vision of “America first” to the rest of the world.
Still, as The Hill mentioned, Haley was noncommittal to reporters about whether Trump is planning to maintain America’s current level of U.N. funding. The U.S. is that body’s largest money source, with American taxpayers footing 22 percent of the U.N.’s regular budget, and 28 percent of the peacekeeping budget. Wearing his populist hat during the campaign, Trump was highly critical of the U.N.’s treatment of the U.S. through the years, and said that America gives far too much money to the U.N.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large