While Donald Trump’s first speech to the United Nations General Assembly came in for very mixed reviews, one man who walked away happy was Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.
“When [Trump] said that he respects sovereignty and equality in international relations and that the United States want to lead by example and not otherwise, and that the US would not impose it’s way of life on others and would accept the plurality of the nations cultures and civilizations, I think it’s a very welcome statement that we have’t heard from an American leader in a long time,” he told the Associated Press.
Trump’s remarks were, indeed, pretty far removed from Reagan’s City on a Hill and Lavrov is certainly correct in his assessment that it’s not something we have heard from a U.S. leader in quite some time.
The remarks were made during a recorded interview with the Associated Press. Beyond his praise of Trump, Lavrov blamed the Obama administration for the breakdown of relations between the U.S. and Russia and chose to delicately sidestep Trump’s threats to destroy North Korea if matters there continue to escalate.
While the speech came in for harsh criticism on Blue Check Twitter, Lavrov’s praise was echoed by no less an august group than the set of Morning Joe. On set this morning, both Joe Scarborough and show mainstay David Ignatius said it was a “conventional” speech. In JScar’s words it could have been given by Secretary of Defense James Mattis or U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Per Ignatius’ Washington Post Op-Ed.
When you discount the rhetorical overkill, the most surprising thing about President Trump’s address to the United Nations on Tuesday was how conventional it was. He supported human rights and democracy; he opposed rogue regimes; he espoused a global community of strong, sovereign nations. Pretty shocking stuff.
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