President Trump let the world know Tuesday that he’s sticking to his vision of America-first sovereignty, rather than cede power to UN mulitlateralists — to their great dismay. Too bad for them: Trump’s approach is working.
“America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governance, control and domination,” he told world leaders at the UN General Assembly. This country “will not tell you how to live or work or worship.” But we “ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”
Trump specifically questioned the International Criminal Court’s authority to adjudicate war crimes, vowing to “never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.”
Smart move for the US. Such a court can’t be trusted; Americans and their allies could be at risk from unjust rulings it issues.
Yet all that only fueled the globalists’ rage. “Multilateralism is under fire precisely when we need it most,” huffed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, of Portugal, at the opening of the festivities. Turtle Bay’s usual suspects echoed the sentiment. Without mentioning Trump, they talked up the supposed wonders of globalism.
Yet, compelling facts on the ground are on the US president’s side. The best example: the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Start with the fact that it was signed by none of the seven countries that negotiated it, let alone ratified by their legislatures. Instead, the UN’s Security Council endorsed it, turning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action into international “law.”
Trump wisely withdrew from it. On Tuesday, he correctly called it a “horrible” deal that let the Iranian leadership “spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”