World Leaders Anxious To Hear Donald Trump As UN Assembly Kicks Off

Trump takes the podium at the General Assembly just after Brazil's Michel Temer, presenting his message to the world as he pushes his nationalist "America First" agenda.

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World Leaders Anxious To Hear Donald Trump As UN Assembly Kicks Off

World leaders to open their annual debate at the United Nations Today. (Representational)


United Nations:  World leaders open their annual debate at the United Nations Today, eager to hear US President Donald Trump deliver his maiden address amid global anxiety over North Korea and Iran.

Mr Trump takes the podium at the General Assembly just after Brazil's Michel Temer, presenting his message to the world as he pushes his nationalist "America First" agenda.

At a first UN appearance on Monday, Trump vowed to push for reform at the world body that he once disparaged as a "club" where "people get together, talk and have a good time."

Today, the US leader will outline his foreign policy priorities, from confronting North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests to deciding the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.

A top White House aide said Trump will take aim at "rogue regimes that threaten world stability and peace," singling out Pyongyang and Tehran during his 30-minute remarks and urging responsible nations to step in to curb their behavior.

Mr Trump will argue nation states should be free to pursue their interests unfettered -- a contentious message for delegates to the world's foremost multilateral forum.

French President Emmanuel Macron, seen as the face of a more confident post-Brexit Europe, will also be making his first address to the 193-nation assembly.

His speech will likely offer a sharp contrast to Trump's world view.

The French leader has embraced multilateralism and even went so far as to turn Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan into a motto in favor of climate protections: "Make the Planet Great Again."


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