Trump UNGA speech claim prompts laughter from leaders

Saul Bowman
September 26, 2018

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accuses the US of adopting a hostile stance toward his country.

In a stark turn from his usual agenda, Trump ended his speech by applauding the UN for its diversity, calling it a "beautiful constellation of nations", The Guardian reports.

Standing up for the world, Trump insisted, would in large part require retreating from it, so that other "countries could step up to provide more funding to protect their interests". "The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction".

In an unexpected turn of events, Mr Trump will not speak second as he had not arrived by the time Brazil had finished speaking.

The speech showed that while Trump has accelerated the execution of world-rattling policies, his worldview remains consistent with the "America First" doctrine he first took to the world stage previous year: proclaiming the world is best served if countries focus on their own self-interests and reject global governance mechanisms.

Those matters aren't quite so amusing to delegates at the General Assembly.

Amid a growing trade war with China, Trump said that the commercial imbalance with the Asian power "cannot be tolerated" and reserved harsh words for OPEC, the global oil cartel that includes both United States allies and foes.

President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

"We will never surrender America's sovereignty to an unaccountable, unelected global bureaucracy", Trump said. His boast elicited laughter from the scores of heads of state and delegates in the audience for the speech. In a rare, almost-human moment, Trump admitted, "I didn't expect that reaction", prompting the assembly to laugh even more heartily. They are enforcing new sanctions, working with us to identify and track terrorist networks and taking more responsibility for fighting terrorism and extremism in their own region.

"Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries", Trump said.

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction", Trump told the gathering in the green-marbled hall.

Trump and Rouhani have traded threats since, and in August, the administration reinstated sanctions against Tehran.

Trump says he looks forward to having a "great relationship" with Iran but "Iran has to change its tune". A year ago, Trump used his first United Nations speech to harangue North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warning he was on a "suicide march" if he failed to comply.

Trump and Kim met in June in Singapore. Trump last week announced US$200 billion ($275 billion) worth of new tariffs on Chinese goods.

Trump being a huge dumbass seems to be the one thing the world can agree on.

As in his first speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Trump placed importance on the idea of sovereignty and rejected the "ideology of globalism".

Quashing the current pact would come at a political cost for the Iranian president, who championed the deal with the supreme leader's guarded backing and could lose support from European allies.

Trump has had a troubled relationship with the United Nations since entering the White House.

Trump and his aides, meanwhile, stepped up their attacks on the nuclear deal, which was a signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration.

President Donald Trump says he has no plans to meet this week with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "despite requests".

Both Trump and Rouhani were attending the annual United Nations event.

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