U.S. President Donald Trump has called on leaders across the world to jettison globalization and promote nationalism.
Trump made the call at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday where he also urged wise leaders to put their own people and countries first.
“The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them or replace them.
“The future does not belong to globalists, the future belongs to patriots,” he told the UN General Assembly.
Trump slammed past leaders, saying that their adherence to international liberalism led them to desert their national interests.
“Globalism exerted a religious pull over past leaders, causing them to ignore their own national interest,” he said.
Trump urged people around the world to take pride in their country and to preserve national sovereignty while stressing the power of Washington’s military.
According to him, the U.S. is “by far, the world’s most powerful nation. Hopefully it will never have to use this power.”
“If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty.
“And if you want peace, love your nation.
“Wise leaders always put the good of their own country first,” he said.
Trump averred that each country has a heritage that makes them special and unique.
He spoke of the need to reform the international trading system, in his speech to the UN.
“At the centre of our vision for national renewal is an ambitious campaign to reform international trade.
“For decades, the international trading system has been easily exploited by nations acting in bad faith,” Trump said.
The U.S. president flayed China in particular, saying that it used unfair trading practices, including stealing intellectual property.
Trump said the current system was leaving the middle class at a loss and enriching the few at the top.
“The World Trade Organisation needs drastic change,” Trump said, urging the body to stop classifying China as a developing nation.