President Donald Trump appears to have found a new liking for the United Nations, suggesting that he can and intends to work with the world organization to solve drug problems worldwide.
“I’ve always said the United Nations has tremendous potential, and that potential is being met, slowly but surely, it’s being met,” Trump said in his speech at the U.N. headquarters on Monday for a “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” event. His remarks come ahead of Wednesday’s session of the U.N. Security Council, which will mark the third time in history a U.S. president has chaired such a meeting.
“The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives in the United States and in nations around the world,” he said. “Today, we commit to fighting the drug epidemic together. The call is simple: Reduce drug demand, cut off the supply of illicit drugs, expand treatment and strengthen international cooperation. If we take these steps together, we can save the lives of countless people in all corners of the world.”
President Trump’s stance on drugs is in line with the Democratic Party’s platform, who see the drug epidemic as a health problem more so than a criminal one. President Trump appears to be taking a middle ground, agreeing that treatment is necessary, but also prioritizing cutting off manufacturing.
It will be interesting how President Trump brings this stance into American policy, and whether Republicans in Congress will join him. One thing is for sure: if the president takes this same stance in the United States, liberals should be on board.