French President Emmanuel Macron used his speech to urge “dialogue and multilateralism,” crediting the 2015 accord with curbing Tehran’s nuclear program.
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, another ally whose relations with Trump have cooled, did not mention the US president by name but there was little doubt who he had in mind when he said it was “very easy to create chaos but difficult to re-establish order.”
And South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was important to “resist any and all efforts to undermine the mulilateral approach to international trade” at a time when Trump is hoisting tariffs against a variety of trading partners.
In his opening speech, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said trust in the rules-based global order and among states was “at a breaking point” and international cooperation was becoming more difficult, again without specifically mentioning Trump.
“Today, world order is increasingly chaotic,” Guterres told the 193-nation assembly.
Trump denounces ‘globalist’ view
Trump robustly attacked “globalist” views and vowed that “America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.”
He said that the UN-backed International Criminal Court has “no jurisdiction, no legitimacy and no authority.”
His administration — which has recently choked off aid to the Palestinians — will only support “our friends” in the future, he added.
Boasting that his team “has achieved more than any administration in the history of our country,” Trump was met with laughter.
“I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he responded.
While he praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his role in the North Korea peace process, Trump had harsh words for Beijing amid a growing trade war, saying the commercial imbalance with the Asian power “cannot be tolerated.”
Venezuela’s “repressive regime” was another target of Trump’s invective, held responsible for a “human tragedy” in the once oil-rich nation.
Trump then openly mused that Maduro “could be toppled very quickly” if his military chiefs turned on him.
He also reserved harsh words for OPEC, the global oil cartel that includes both US allies and foes.
“OPEC and OPEC nations are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. Nobody should like it.”