–Mugabe at UN stands up to ‘Giant Gold Goliath’ Trump
-Mugabe took Trump to task both on policy and appearance without mincing words at the United Nations
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) convened at UN Headquarters last Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate followed up on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.
With several agendas like “Maintenance of international peace and security”, “Promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and recent United Nations conferences”, “Development of Africa”, “Promotion of human rights” among others.
Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe gave an inflamed speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, where he openly criticized U.S president Donald Trump, stating that he was “embarrassed” by the president’s stance on North Korea.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, he reproaches of other leaders are generally less personal in tone, the 93-year-old veteran leader took Trump to task both on policy and appearance without mincing words at the United Nations, Mugabe openly mocked the US president calling him a “Giant Gold Goliath.”
“Are we having a return of Goliath to our midst, who threatens the extinction of other countries?” he asked, triggering applause in the hall as two junior US diplomats listened expressionless.
“And may I say to the United States president, Mr. Trump, please blow your trumpet — blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for and which are well-writ in our very sacred document, the Charter of the United Nations.”
Mugabe has tense relations with Western nations which have imposed sanctions to press for more democracy in Zimbabwe, where he has ruled for 37 years.
Mugabe urged cooperation “in order to halt the inexorable march towards the destruction of that upon which our own existence depends.”
Following his speech, Mugabe appeared evidently frail, as he struggled to descend from the podium on his own, once again sparking conversations about his health.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabewean delegation, Mugabe especially were photographed with his eyes closed, appearing to be sleeping during events, most notably during Donald Trump’s opening speech on Tuesday where the US President delivered his jarring “Rocket Man” speech to the United Nations.
While some world leaders were rattled by Trump threatening to pulverise North Korea‚ the delegation from Zimbabwe appeared to have seized the opportunity to take a short nap.