Trump delivers defiant defense of his foreign policy approach to skeptical UN audience | News Sponsored by

Sep 25, 18
Trump delivers defiant defense of his foreign policy approach to skeptical UN audience | News Sponsored by

UNITED NATIONS — Declaring that the United States will “never apologize for protecting its citizens,” President Trump delivered a defiant defense Tuesday of a transactional world view that is increasingly at odds with consensus-driven international bodies such as the United Nations. He used an address to the U.N. General Assembly to warn that his administration will reject attempts by other nations to impose constraints on the United States in areas including trade, immigration and security, while inviting other world leaders to do the same. “America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination,” Trump said in a 35-minute address delivered to a packed chamber. “I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.” Trump never uttered his campaign slogan of “America First,” preferring the loftier term “sovereignty” for the same nationalist and protectionist reordering of American engagement in world affairs. He wasted little time in declaring that he has made progress on this agenda, but Trump’s approach to foreign affairs has led to tensions at the international body — a dynamic that was on display in the first moments of the speech as Trump ran through a highlight reel of U.S. economic markers that echoed lines from his campaign rallies. He boasted that he had made more progress than “almost any other administration in the history of our country” — prompting audible laughs in the cavernous U.N. chamber. A startled-looking Trump appeared thrown off-balance for

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