“Sovereignty, that’s a loaded term,” said CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, commenting on President Donald Trump’s references to national and state sovereignty during a Tuesday address at the United Nations.
Sciutto was joined by The New Yorker’s Robin Wright in deriding sovereignty as an archaic value in the contemporary period.
“Sovereignty,” said Sciutto, “is a term cynically deployed by authoritarian states to shield themselves from foreign criticisms.”
Partial transcript below.
WRIGHT: What was kind of curious about the whole speech was that it went in counter to almost every major trend of the 21st century. This is a moment of globalization and connection, and [Donald Trump] was talking about, “We need greater sovereignty,” as if we’re all threatened. As if every country needs borders to cut them off from the rest of the world, and that’s the only way to provide security.