UN Assembly Laughs as Trump Touts Achievements

Posted September 26, 2018

President Trump defended his "America First" agenda in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, in effect spiking the football at what his secretary of state described as the "Super Bowl of diplomacy".

"We've accomplished more than any other administration in American history".

"America is-so true", he said, smiling and pausing for more laughter from the General Assembly.

Referring to the bloody civil war in Syria, Trump blamed the "corrupt dictatorship in Iran" for fueling the conflict through money and support for the Bashar al-Assad regime.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would not meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as world leaders gathered in NY but signaled he was open to a future meeting, despite simmering tensions over Tehran's nuclear deal.

Trump says Iran does not respect its neighbours or their borders.

"They enrich themselves and spread mayhem across middle east and far beyond".

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He said America would "always choose independence and cooperation over global governance..."

Trump said that the United States will honor the right of every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions and that he will never tell other nations how to live, work or worship.

Trump compared USA relations with Iran to what he called improved ties with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who Trump had met in Singapore in June as part of a still-unfulfilled drive to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

His second remark received a larger laugh from the assembly as Trump acknowledged the initial laughter.

"I believe that a "maximum pressure" strategy towards both regimes is wise and warranted, but it will be challenging to conduct", added Ben Taleblu.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by criticising the Trump administration for its hostility.

Trump addressed the General Assembly on Tuesday and said he appreciated the steps Kim has taken to denuclearize.

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Rouhani implied in his speech that Iran would not follow the same course as North Korea and made a veiled reference to the summit between Trump and Kim being a "photo opportunity". But Iran's leader made it clear hours later that Trump shouldn't expect similar results when it comes to negotiating with Tehran.

"We, the people, are sovereign in America, so that infringements on our sovereignty are not infringements on abstractions or infringements on the government".

He has bucked global convention by relocating the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, slashing aid to the Palestinians, and dramatically reducing the number of refugees the US admits from other countries. His continued barbs at former president Barack Obama continue to come back to haunt him.

"Iran has acted very badly", said Trump.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has also said Trump will "lay down a marker" on foreign aid, remaining generous, but only "to those that share our values ... that want to work with us".

"The United States is committed to a future peace and stability in the region, including peace between the Israelis and Palestinians", he said.

After that meeting, the top diplomats from those countries and the EU agreed to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil, a key move sought by Tehran as it attempts to fight back against the re-imposed USA sanctions.

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