Trump Skips U.N. Climate Change Event to Speak at Religious Freedom Forum; Commits $25 Million
The United Nations General Assembly kicked off today in New York City. Drawing controversy, Trump decided to kick off his involvement by giving a speech at a United Nations event on religious freedom and skipping out on a U.N. event on climate change. The President “called out world leaders for escpousing diversity and inclusion while ‘shunning or silencing’ people of faith” reported Fox News.
Although Trump did not single out specific countries, he said, “too often people in power preach diversity, while shunning or silencing the faithful. True tolerance means respecting the rights of all people to express their deeply held religious beliefs.”
In attendance with Trump was Vice President Mike Pence, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other world leaders. Vice President Pence spoke before the President who reportedly “criticized several countries for attacks on religious freedom, including China’s persecution of ethnic Uyghur Muslims, Venezuela’s contested leader Nicolas Maduro’s anti-Semitic rhetoric and Iran’s oppression of Christians, Jews and Sunni Muslims.”
In a big move, Trump announced that his administration “was allocating an additional $25 million to protect religious freedom as well as religious sites and relics, and launching an initiative with business leaders to protect religious freedom in the workplace.”
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