Trump speech at 73rd UN General Assembly called various responses from heads of various countries. President Trump has long argued that the United States has been taken advantage of by other nations.
Moreover, delivering a speech that aimed to establish U.S. “sovereignty” over the whims and needs of other nations the boasting about achievements of his administration in context to achievements of his predecessors further made the audience somewhat amused. As reported, first minute of Trump speech itself was met by laughter.
French President Emmanuel Macron in this context took a direct responsive dig on Trump’s tailored and proud nationalistic approach. While delivering his speech on the occasion of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, he plead to the world leaders for a more comprehensive continued multilateralism against the “isolationist politics of the US.”
He admitted that there has been a falling relevance and credibility of international organizations such as European Union and UN but nationalism should not be treated as the easy escape. He stated that “Nationalism always leads to defeat.”
Since French President Emmanuel Macron took over the podium soon after Trump closing vow to never surrender American sovereignty from “unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy” and condemned the Iranian regime having a “blood agenda” in Yemen and Syria, Macron’s speech seemed counter response to Trump in all possible manner. It was more of a point-by-point counterblast of Trump’s keynote policies agenda.
While pointing out the Trump isolation policies towards Iran, he stated that isolation is not a resolution but only a factor that would lead to potential threat of conflict. He further stated that Unilateralism leads “directly to isolation and conflict … to the detriment of everyone, even in the end those who thought they were strongest,” he declared. “The law of the jungle does not protect any people against any threat whatsoever, whether chemical or nuclear.”
He further pointed out to the achievements of “dialogue and multilateralism” in dealing with issues concerning Iran, giving the instance Iran nuclear accord had helped to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.
French President Emmanuel Macron also touched on climate change and launched a veiled attack on the US’ decision last year to withdraw from the Paris climate pact, a move clearly designed to put pressure on the US to reconsider its decision to quit the accord.
Apparently, the world leaders did not shy to portray their discontent towards Trump Administration and belief that Trump’s tailored naturalistic approach has been the reason for one of the most powerful country of the world deviating from serious international responsibilities.