Sunday, 23 September 2018

Will Trump Bring 'America First' To United Nations?

Patrol boats are darting up and down the East River. The NYPD coffee and donut truck will soon be parked on 42nd Street.

The New York neighbourhood known as Turtle Bay is slowly being sequestered from the rest of Manhattan, the temporary border marked by concrete bollards, metal railings and a small army of police officers.

The annual carnival of global diplomacy is about to begin.
Will Trump Bring 'America First' To United Nations?
The United Nations General Assembly. Or UNGA, as it is known within an organisation addicted to acronyms. Or #UNGA, to use the hashtag hieroglyphics of this social media age.

Not diplomacy by Twitter, but the face-to-face real thing.

Some 84 heads of state and 44 heads of government are descending on New York, once again demonstrating the unique convening power of this embattled global institution.

Inevitably, though, the week will be dominated by the return of the former New York property tycoon who made his name a few blocks away on Fifth Avenue, and whose pre-presidential relationship with the UN was centred on bidding for the billion-dollar contract to renovate its headquarters. Will Trump Bring 'America First' To United Nations?
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