Former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to criticize President Joe Biden’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, labeling it a “surrender” and highlighting the absence of several world leaders. Trump’s post on Truth Social read, “Biden just finished his surrender (‘speech’) at the United Nations, and nobody, despite all we give them, showed up. No respect for America any longer!”
Indeed, notable world leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were absent from the assembly. The U.S. was notably the only member among the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to attend the event.
Richard Gowan, U.N. director for the International Crisis Group, commented on the absence of Sunak and Macron, stating, “While Sunak and Macron have an excuse, I do think it is telling that they are absent.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among other leaders who chose not to attend. Biden’s speech at the assembly focused on rallying world leaders to support Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.
In his address, Biden expressed concern that Russia believed it could act aggressively towards Ukraine without consequences and emphasized the importance of upholding the independence of nations. The Biden administration is working with Congress to allocate an additional $24 billion in aid to support Ukraine.
Former President Trump, who has not committed to funding Ukraine if reelected in 2024, has previously stated his intention to end the conflict within 24 hours if he returns to office. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who also addressed the assembly, is scheduled to visit the White House and meet with congressional leaders.