Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Donald Trump's Boastful Comments Draw Laughter At United Nations General Assembly

Donald Trump's Boastful Comments Draw Laughter At United Nations General Assembly

He said the Trump administration made a "second mistake" in holding a meeting of the U.N. Security Council earlier Wednesday during which 14 countries either directly or indirectly backed the nuclear agreement between Iran, the US and five other major powers.

In his speech, Trump said the United States is a "stronger, safer and richer country" than when he took office in January 2017.

Speaking in triumphal terms, Trump approached his address to the world body as something of an annual report to the world on his country's progress since his inauguration.

The audience - which included many leaders from other countries who were listening to a translation through headphones - began to chuckle.

"But we ask the United States of America to adhere to laws and respect national sovereignty of nations", he said.

Trump said the isolation could be achieved by denying Tehran funds to continue sponsoring terrorism. Trump has drawn ire from the United Nations over his attacks on the press and decisions such as withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate accord, among other issues.

Trump's administration has reinstated sanctions on Iran after pulling Washington out of the multinational 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

Tensions between the United States and the European Union over Iran soared into the open on Tuesday after the Europeans announced plans for a legal framework to preserve business with Tehran and evade new U.S. sanctions.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the Iranians have no choice but to change before a meeting with him can occur, but he looks forward to having a great relationship in the future.

President Rouhani also said he did not request to meet with President Trump. Kavanaugh and his first accuser testify to Congress on Thursday. Trump has also slashed countless regulations, which can be viewed here.

If the president's approach to North Korea has softened in the past year, his attitude towards Iran has not.

He accused the White House of "contempt for worldwide law, for multilateralism, and for the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations".

A gavel-wielding Mr Trump took a swipe at China, accusing Beijing of working against his Republican Party in upcoming midterm elections as payback for their growing trade war, a charge China's foreign minister said was "unwarranted".

The U.S. president then ironically alleged that Iran "fueled and financed" the humanitarian crisis in Syria, before calling on "all nations to isolate Iran's regime", and announcing that further sanctions will be imposed.

Rouhani also said "America must think again about her presence in the region, in the Persian Gulf, in the Sea of Oman, in Afghanistan, in Iraq and other places". He highlighted decisions of his administration to not support the U.N. Global Compact on migration.

Trump opened his address with boasts of U.S. economic and military might and a rejection of "global governance". His denunciations of globalism drew murmurs from other members of the organization that stands as the very embodiment of the notion.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling technology advances one of the "epochal challenges" facing the world.

And Guterres says "democratic principles are under siege". "The world is more connected, yet societies are becoming more fragmented".

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", Trump said, prompting the laughter.

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