73rd Annual UN General Assembly ๐ŸŒ

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Ainโ€™t no party like a UN party

This week kicks off the annual UN General Assembly in NYC. President Trump spoke surprisingly positive of the UN and focused his attention on the opioid epidemic and pledging to work together with the UN to combat the global drug trade. Trump also praised Kim Jong Un and hinted at a second US-North Korea summit.

UNGA 101

The UNGA is 1 of 6 branches within the United Nations system. It is the only one where member nations are granted equal representation. It monitors the UN budget, selects non-permanent members to the Security Council, and delivers proposals in the form of General Assembly Resolutions.


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Outlets with an unfavorable view of Trump at the UNGA claim that Trump is just using the UNGA to take a breather from domestic issues involving Kavanaugh, Sessions, and Rosenstein (story below). Furthermore, they highlight that despite 130 countries signing the Trump Drug Pledge, 63 countries, many of whom are allies, have not. 

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Outlets with a favorable view of Trump at the UNGA bring attention to what Trump hopes to achieve. They cite his tweet that highlights the potential impact the UN can have and his praise for Nikki Haley. They also claim that Trump engaging the UN will address global issues and consequently help America. 


Playing it hot and cold

While the UNGA may be a convenient distraction for Trump from the domestic issues surrounding his administration, his approach and demeanor at the UNGA have been a welcome contrast in comparison to last year. It remains to be seen what his Wednesday speech regarding Iran will bring. Haley and Pompeo have suggested that the president is open to talks with Tehran.

Trump and the UN

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