Writer: Sara Diamond
The Iranian regime was again front and center during U.S. President Trump’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This is a gathering of generally pro-free-trade political and business leaders. Trump has indicated that many of the current trade agreements that the U.S. has previously been involved in were up for renegotiation. Many business and international leaders have seen this move as a potential issue in dealing with the United States going forward.
However, it is also clear that security is one of the top concerns of the Trump administration. Iran is frequently part of President Trump’s speeches in a variety of international forums, and it is clear that he is trying to build consensus on how to deal with Iran and North Korea.
During his speech, it was clear that he was looking for support from the international community, including business leaders, to confront the threat posed by Iran and the terror groups it allegedly supports.
“We continue to call on partners to confront Iran’s support for terrorists and block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon,” said Trump. He also called for increasing pressure on North Korea as it continues to move closer to being able to fire a nuclear weapon.
Additionally, President Trump spelled out what he meant by his America First economic strategy, which has been seen by some in the international community as a means to isolate the U.S. economy.
“America First does not mean America alone. The world is experiencing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America. America is open for business and we are competitive once again,” said Trump.
However, he noted that free trade needs to be equitable. “We support free trade but it needs to be fair and needs to be reciprocal. The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices,” said Trump.
He also outlined his plan for protecting the borders of the United States and addressed security concerns. This process includes supporting efforts to stabilize the Middle East, particularly Syria, and also Afghanistan.
“My administration is proud to have led historic efforts at the United Nations Security Council and all around the world to unite all civilized nations in our campaign of maximum pressure to de-nuke the Korean Peninsula…We’re also working with allies and partners to destroy jihad terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, and very successfully so…I am please to support the coalition to defeat ISIS has retaken almost 100% of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria. There is still more fighting and work to be done…We are committed to insuring that Afghanistan never again become as safe haven for terrorists who want to commit mass murder to our civilian populations,” said Trump.