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Trump insists on 'America First.' Who will follow?

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21.09.2017

President Donald Trump invited the question, and now the world must answer: If America insists on putting itself first, will anyone else follow?

Trump scolded and badgered in his United Nations debut. He declared parts of the planet are "going to hell." Standing Tuesday before the iconic, green marbled General Assembly backdrop, he painted a grim picture of the globe as he sees it: teeming with crisis and conflict, delinquents and deadbeats.

Yet where most leaders use the occasion to call for cooperation, Trump insisted others should follow his example and "always put your countries first."

"As long as I hold this office, I will defend America's interest above all else," Trump said at the General Assembly, where nations come to advance their collective interests.

Nine months into his presidency, world leaders have grown accustomed to a new U.S. leader who eschews typical self-restraint in what he says and does. His most startling tweets, sometimes seeming to declare dramatic shifts in policy, are increasingly taken with a grain of salt.

After all, once the bombast of the moment ends, it often turns out America's underlying policy hasn't changed. The U.S. under Trump hasn't withdrawn from NAFTA, hasn't abandoned NATO, hasn't started a........

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