In his successful address to the United Nations, President Trump convincingly articulated his views that the future of the UN depends on individual states looking out for their own interests. Trump cleverly turned patriotism into the basis for international cooperation to solve serious problems that nations must face together, writes Elliott Abrams of the National Review. He rightly criticized the hypocrisy and bloated bureaucracy of the UN while calling for improvement and pledging U.S. cooperation. Trump rose to the occasion and offered a principled speech that impressively argued for a better UN to confront and solve many of the world's most pressing problems.
President Trump’s speech at the UN was delusional and off target for his audience. He spoke with an isolationist tone, seemingly meant for his alt-right, anti-globalist base instead of the nation-building UN members in attendance, writes David Rothkopf of The Washington Post, reprinted in the Chicago Tribune. Trump frequently referred to "sovereignty," while selfishly inferring that U.S. collaboration with other UN members meant relinquishing its sovereignty to foreigners. Moreover, Trump's hardline rhetoric against North Korea came off as immature bullying and name-calling. Complaining about how much the U.S. spends in the UN and threatening to destroy a small nation in a forum dedicated to diplomacy is un-presidential.