Does the NFL know something that Trump doesn't?

Interior general view of Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders football team prior to them facing the New Orleans Saints, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

This was excerpted from the September 23 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Click here to read past editions and subscribe.

(CNN)If President Donald Trump's grievance-filled video rant to the UN General Assembly proved anything, it's that he doesn't really have a foreign policy.

Trump lashed out at China and critics of his climate-change-denying environmental record, celebrated sparse diplomatic achievements and lied about the US fight against the pandemic. His speech encapsulated how he wields power abroad — in service of domestic and personal political goals, rather than based on a traditional calculation of wider US interests.
All Trump's foreign moves are expected to pull their political weight at home. When he wanted a trade deal with Beijing, Trump was Chinese President Xi Jinping's best friend — offering unwarranted praise over his pandemic leadership. But when his own disastrous handling of the virus threatened hopes of a second term, he chose China as a scapegoat even at the expense of triggering a new Cold War. The US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal left Tehran closer to a bomb, but it sure helped destroy Barack Obama's legacy. US-backed normalization deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain also aimed to please evangelicals in the US. And while the President's love fest with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did nothing to dismantle his nukes, it yielded great photo ops.
    "Only when you take care of your own citizens will you find a true basis for cooperation," Trump told the General Assembly, encapsulating his "America First" creed, which upends 80 years of US global leadership. If he loses the election in six weeks, his speech will be remembered as a defiant, valedictory swipe. And if Joe Biden takes Trump's place at the UN next year, he'll face a world grown skeptical of America's staying power -- and foes who made hay in its absence.

    'Our own 1945 moment'

    Guterres speaks during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020.
    Opening the day of leaders' speeches on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stuck a dark tone, calling the coronavirus pandemic and its effects "our own 1945 moment" -- a reference to the destruction of WWII. He also warned against th