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Trump at the United Nations

September 17, 2017

President Donald Trump will address the United Nations on Tuesday, September 19,  in New York city. He is expected to address the threat to the United States and its Allies from North Korea.  Sitting but twenty feet from the podium where the President will speak, the UN delegation from North Korea will express disdain for America, President Trump and civilization in the West of North Korea’s totalitarian regime.

For now, the United States relies on support for sanctions against North Korea instituted by the UN Security Council. Long term, President Trump knows that the United Nations is a problem, not a solution to resolving security issues facing the United States.

The United Nations’ headquarters is based on property provided by the Rockefeller family, principally former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller who was imbued with the spirit of internationalism as a young diplomat in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in which capacity Rockefeller was given authority to improve relations between the U.S. government and the nations of Latin America.

Nelson Rockefeller felt that the United States was too insular and that hosting the United Nations in New York would drag the United States into the international arena. Indeed, the current crisis we face with North Korea can be traced to a decision by President Harry Truman to use the United Nations to respond to a North Korean invasion of South Korea. America’s military leaders wanted to use our stockpile of atomic bombs against North Korea and Communists engaged in a civil  war in China. Truman chose to work through the United Nations.

Our President seems to appreciate that a political mistake was made back in 1950 by relying on the UN, and may want to say some very un-diplomatic things in his address on Tuesday. He is counseled against that by his foreign policy team consisting of Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, chief economic advisor Gary Cohn and U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin.

A weaker team of foreign policy advisors attending this week’s session of the United Nations could not have been assembled by a foreign adversary of the United States, but that characterizes the Trump Administration’s failures to appoint seasoned, conservative, experts to more than one thousand vacant policy positions in the U.S. government. Even when the President overcomes his belief that the United States government has too many officials, he reaches into corporate America for appointments, not the deep bench of conservative experts.

Nevertheless, President Trump seems to understand how the enemies of the United States control the high ground on ideological issues of climate control, trade and Islamic radicalism.

Representatives to the United Nations from member nations believe that the United States should continue to pay 25% of the UN budget, accept onerous payments to third world countries that are polluting the environment with carbon emissions, and tolerate an agreement with Iran that will give this radical Islamic regime nuclear missiles to threaten its neighbors and the United States.

Aligned against the President’s best instincts are the best and the brightest in our universities, the journalists of CNN, MSNBC and other major media venues including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and an increasing number of poorly educated corporate executives who actually believe that the United States is a racist nation.

What will the President say on Tuesday, September 19?  Will he accept the counsel of his advisors to “cool it”?  Or will President Trump himself express the views that attracted American voters to elect him?

Much depends on his answers to these questions.

 

 

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