UNITED NATIONS — When Donald Trump steps up to the podium Tuesday during the UN General Assembly, the real estate tycoon-turned-reality show celebrity and 45th U.S. president will hold sway on the diplomatic world’s biggest stage.
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Trump is scheduled to be the second speaker Tuesday. He is likely, scholars said, to use the opportunity in his first General Assembly address to spell out his priorities — and to say how, or whether, he thinks the multilateral organization that he called in a December 2016 tweet “a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time,” will help or hinder American interests.
He is one head of state in a long line of leaders to speak during the General Debate, which lasts for nearly two weeks and is as famous for featuring soaring rhetoric as notorious for giving international pariahs a global audience.
It also symbolizes, perhaps like no other address in Trump’s eight-month tenure, a milestone where all eyes focus on the leader of the world’s most powerful nation as he talks directly to the rest of the world.
Several scholars predict Trump’s…
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