WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will not attend the United Nations General Assembly in person next week, a White House official said Thursday – the latest display of how the coronavirus pandemic is upending U.S. diplomacy.
The annual meeting usually draws world leaders to New York for several days and Trump has often used his address to frame his foreign policy in domestic terms. Last year, for instance, Trump asserted that the “future does not belong to globalists.”
But this year, because of COVID-19, many world leaders are sending recorded messages instead. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters flying aboard Air Force One to Trump’s campaign rally in Wisconsin that he would not attend.