Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Trump May Address UN General Assembly – In Person

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Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Trump May Address UN General Assembly - In Person

New York: US President Donald Trump is likely to travel to New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly session in September, the only world leader to address this year’s virtual high-level week, US envoy to the UN said .
US Ambassador Kelly Craft said at a virtual briefing on Thursday, “We are hoping that President Trump will be the person to actually speak in person. He will be the only world leader to speak as an individual.”

Ms. Kraft said that with the United Nations celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, “It makes it even more special that we are truly virtual and can extend it to 75th anniversary and obviously we can take care of human rights issues.” Will focus on. On transparency, on accountability because anytime during COVID where American taxpayers have really stepped on the individual level, it is now. “

For the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations, the annual General Assembly session will be held virtually and heads of state and government will not physically attend the annual gathering due to the coronavirus epidemic.

World leaders will present pre-recorded video statements for the high-level week, a 193-member organization decided last week.

The United States is the host country of the United Nations and there is a possibility that President Trump may visit New York on September 22 to address the General Debate of the 75th session of the Assembly.

The US is traditionally the second speaker in the debate after Brazil. This will be President Trump’s final address to his plenary of the last assembly before US chiefs in elections in November and he can use the United Nations platform to highlight his foreign policy achievements, as well as his campaign’s Agenda too.

In deciding for a virtual UNGA, the General Assembly noted “with concern” the status of the coronovirus epidemic and the “recommended limits on meetings within the UN campus,” given the prevalence of COIDID-19 The objective was suggested as precautionary measures. “

The new format would mean that it would be the first time in the 75-year history of the World Organization that heads and ministers of state and government would not congregate here for a high-level week, which brings in thousands of diplomats, government officials, citizens every year. Members of society and media workers around the world in New York City.

Addressing a virtual press conference in June, General Assembly Speaker Tijani Muhammad-Bande said that world leaders may not come to New York for the annual UN General Assembly session in September due to the COVID19 epidemic.

Mohammed-Bade had said, “World leaders cannot come to New York because they cannot come as single persons. A president does not travel alone. We do not expect that there will be a president here.”

Deputy Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, while replying to a question on President Trump said that the UN Secretariat will remain in contact with the UN Secretariat with the member. States on their representation.