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White House expected to preview Trump's first United Nations summit

UN braces for Trump Trump to 'slap' foes in first UN speech
Sammy Stanley | 17 September, 2017, 06:48

Zalmay Khalilzad, who served as Washington's United Nations ambassador under former President George W. Bush, said Trump's General Assembly speech is a crucial opportunity to reassure the world that his foreign policy is based primarily on the soft power of diplomacy rather than military might. And he says he thinks foreign leaders expect to hear harsh words from President Trump.

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump met in Paris in July.

But, she stressed, if North Korea continues to be provocative and "reckless", there will not be much the Security Council will be able to do.

Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea. "And it's my opinion that all parties should do everything possible for this agreement to be preserved".

On Wednesday, he will meet with leaders from Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Britain and Egypt and on Thursday there are talks scheduled with leaders from Turkey, Afghanistan and Ukraine before holding a lunch with the leaders of South Korea and Japan.

The president will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in NY next Thursday, McMaster said. Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto head of Myanmar, also will not attend amid a spate of government-backed ethnic violence in that country that has drawn worldwide condemnation.

Dignitaries from 193 nations will gather September 19 for a week of speeches and sideline meetings at the annual U.N.

To offset these concerns, the United States needs urgently to reinforce its critical alliance ties.

Revenge taken in name of accountability: Maryam Nawaz
In reply to a question, she said the leader of the ruling party is Nawaz Sharif and "all of us" are united under his leadership. The former first lady is under treatment for cancer in London. "Nisar calls me his daughter", she said.

Yet Trump administration officials said the president and his team are intent on having a strong presence and demonstrating leadership in NY on issues including terrorism, trade and human rights.

"This is not the kind of environment he likes, but this is the kind of environment the US president has to plunge into once a year", Alterman said. "This is a time to be serious, and it's a time for us to talk out these challenges and make sure there's action that follows it". Her willingness to work in the United Nations system was likely to affect Trump's tone at the gathering, said one European diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Security Council's reaction came a day after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile from Pyongyang over northern Japan yesterday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that U.S. options to address the North Korean threat are both "effective and overwhelming".

Previous administrations have pressed the U.N.to embrace change.

Trump has to certify in mid-October whether he believes Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal.

What approach will Trump take? Executive branch agencies (and their private contractors) sometimes resist accountability to congressional paymasters-to say nothing of their ultimate principals under the U.S. Constitution, the American people.

"If he gives a good speech but undercuts that with a few mad tweets against the United Nations the next morning, he will waste their goodwill".

"We try and push through as many diplomatic options as we have", Haley said during the White House briefing.

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