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US President Trump pits ‘patriotism’ over ‘globalism’ at UN speech

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President Donald Trump delivered a blunt condemnation of cooperative “globalism”, lashing out at OPEC countries for keeping oil prices too high, complaining about foreign aid in which “few give anything” to the US, and condemning “abusive” trade relationships led by China that have “plundered” American wealth.

Trump told world leaders his foreign policy is built on “principled realism” that rejects “so-called experts” who repeatedly get things wrong.

“America is governed by Americans. We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism,” he told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Emphasising his efforts to “systematically” renegotiate “broken and bad trade deals”, Trump again singled out China for its trade abuses and theft of US intellectual property.

“We will no longer tolerate such abuse,” Trump said.

“We will not allow our workers to be victimised, our companies to be cheated.”

As expected, Trump slammed Iran’s leaders for spreading “chaos, death and destruction” around the Middle East and called on other countries to support America’s decision to withdraw from the “horrible” Iranian nuclear deal.

The US has launched a “campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds that it needs to advance its bloody agenda”.

“Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the middle east and far beyond,” he said.

“The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the nation’s economy … all to send out their proxies to wage war.”

He called on Tehran to “change its tune” before he meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “Maybe someday in the future. I’m sure he is an absolutely lovely man.”

Trump contrasted Iran with North Korea, which he described as taking “encouraging measures” since his summit with Kim Jong-un.

“The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled. Our hostages have been released.”

Despite the focus on Iran and North Korea, Trump’s speech was primarily aimed at his domestic US audience.

Early in the address, the crowd laughed as Trump delivered a laundry list of his administration’s achievement.

“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” triggering muted laughter from the floor.

“So true,” Trump ad libbed. “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay.”

He riffed on why the UN Human Rights Council was a “grave embarrassment” to the UN and vowed America would never surrender sovereignty to an “unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy”.

Flagging a “hard look” at America’s aid budget, Trump lamented that “few give anything to us”.

“Moving forward we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly our … our friends”.