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President Trump chairs Wednesday’s U.N. Security Council meeting, with the world watching

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WASHINGTON – When President Donald Trump enters the ornate chamber of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, he will find a sturdy wooden gavel at his place around the horseshoe-shaped table. With three raps, the president – who campaigned against globalism and has derided the U.N. as “just a club” – will open a session of its most exclusive body: the 15-member Security Council. “I’m sure that’s going to be the most watched Security Council meeting ever,” Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the U.N., predicted last week in outlining to reporters the administration’s agenda for this week’s high-level meetings in New York City. That’s because no one is quite sure what Trump will say or do in what is typically a highly scripted setting, full of diplomatic niceties and well-defined protocol. As Trump arrived in New York on Monday, his opening remarks on the world's drug problem were eclipsed by domestic politics. Trump addressed the latest allegation of sexual misconduct against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in between U.N. meetings. And his top diplomats fielded questions at a foreign affairs briefing about the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, after reports emerged that he talked about wearing a wire while meeting with Trump and possibly invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Wednesday's scheduled session before the Security Council already carries an air of uncertainty, with the White House sending conflicting signals about whether Trump will focus specifically on Iran’s violations of international law or more generally on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. If Trump puts the spotlight solely on Tehran’s malignant activities, that could trigger a U.N.rule allowing Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, to respond. READ MORE:

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