At the United Nations General Assembly, Trump praised his own efforts to shake up the established order, referring to his withdrawal from trade deals, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is meeting with Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un—who Trump referred to as “rocket man” when he lambasted North Korea during last year’s UNGA. This year, his ire was focused on Iran and Venezuela. Trump described the country’s crisis as a human tragedy, and said the U.S. would impose new sanctions on President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
But Trump isn’t the only one to shake up the world order. As we wrote in our latest NED-funded report Liberals, Rogues, & Enablers: The Sequel, the Trump administration’s rejection of the UN and its behavior at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—joined with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s expulsion of a UN human rights delegation and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ attempts to shut down the CICIG—are all part of the troubling attack on the liberal, normative order in the name of “sovereignty.”