White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley preview President Donald Trump's first trip to the United Nations General Assembly. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump will take his "America First" message to the United Nations next week and seek support for tough measures against North Korea despite his skepticism about the value of international groups like the 193-member body. Nearly eight months in office, Trump will stress his belief in the importance of national sovereignty and the limits of global organizations during his debut as U.S. president at the U.N. General Assembly, an administration official said. "The president's consistent message will emphasize three goals: first to promote peace, second to promote prosperity, and third to uphold sovereignty and accountability," White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters at the White House on Friday (September 15). White House aides say his address, to be given to heads of state and government or their representatives, is still being written and topics could change. It is likely to touch on North Korea and Iran in addition to the sovereignty theme. Friends, diplomats and foreign policy experts will be watching Trump for any signs that globalists in his White House have gained traction since the departure of nationalist champions such as former chief strategist Steve Bannon. "With the speech, you can see it for yourself. I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with the U.S. being very strong in the end," said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. Trump has taken a dim view of international groups before. As a presidential candidate he called NATO obsolete and, as president, during a visit to the alliance headquarters in Brussels, he shocked U.S. allies by failing to underscore his commitment to their mutual defence. Facing criticism, he affirmed U.S. support during a later trip to Warsaw.