The President delivered a rousing speech before the United Nations on Tuesday and it was one among a number of moments at the UN so far this week that have indicated that something is different.
Could it be that the Trump administration’s effects on the world have fundamentally transformed the United Nations? Has Ambassador Nikki Haley’s influence been powerful enough to shape a new direction for the global body? Has President Trump’s criticism forced the UN to reevaluate the nature of their mandate and guided them to recalibrate to the world as it is and not as they wish it would be?
It’s probably too early to tell, but the early returns are promising.
Under Haley’s guidance the UN has become less openly hostile towards Israel, and this week in the face of Trump’s powerful speeches the UN seems to be heeding some of what the President has to say.
Nikki Haley herself foreshadowed Trump’s efforts at the UN this past week:
I think you have to look at the fact that what he said at the time was accurate.
I mean, I think we saw a United Nations where the United States was giving over 25 percent of the funding and was being utterly disrespected and a United Nations that was bashing Israel every chance they get, a United Nations that talked a lot, but didn’t have a lot of action.
And now we can say, it is a new day at the U.N. What you are now seeing is the Israel — the Israel-bashing has become more balanced. You’ve got a United Nations that’s action-orientated.
We’ve passed two resolutions on North Korea just in the last month. And you also have a United Nations that is totally moving towards reform. You have a secretary-general who’s come out with a massive reform package.
We said that we needed to get value for our dollar. And what we’re finding is the international community is right there with us in support of reform. So, it is a new day at the U.N.
I think that the pleas that he made in terms of trying to see change at the United Nations have been heard. And I think what we’ll do is see him respond to that come on Tuesday.
While many on the left have panned the President’s appearances before the United Nations, on the right the mood is far different. The President’s remarks are earning rave reviews and there are many conservatives wondering if this might be the beginning of a new age of American power on the international front.
Florida Congressman Ron De Santis (R-FL), for example, called the President’s speeches a commentary that would “resonate with middle America.”
We’ve already seen the “Trump Effect” at work on our economy, could we also already be seeing his impact on the world stage?