President Trump is building a new liberal order, says Pompeo

Published: December 4, 2018
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'In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order.'

PHOTO: REUTERS

'In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order.' PHOTO: REUTERS

BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump is seeking a new world order upheld by American leadership and democracy, his secretary of state told diplomats at an event in Brussels on Tuesday, blaming Iran and China for creating instability in the world.

“In the finest traditions of our great democracy, we are rallying the noble nations to build a new liberal order that prevents war and achieves greater prosperity,” Mike Pompeo said in a foreign policy speech.

“Under President Trump, we are not abandoning international leadership or our friends in the international system,” he said.

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Pompeo criticised Iran and China in his speech, rejecting suggestions that Washington was acting unilaterally.

“Even our European friends sometimes say we’re not acting in the free world’s interest. This is just plain wrong.”

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“We are acting to preserve, protect, and advance an open, just, transparent and free world of sovereign states. This project will require actual, not pretend, restoration of the liberal order among nations. It will require an assertive America and leadership from not only my country, but of democracies around the world.”

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