Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Trump brings rare laughter to United Nations summit

Donald Trump UNGA World leaders laughed at President Donald Trump during his remarks at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. John Moore Getty Images
Faye Gross | 27 September, 2018, 16:09

"We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning", tweeted Donald Trump back in 2014.

Addressing the council after Mr Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron hit back, declaring that concerns about Iran can not be reduced to "a policy of sanctions and containment" that was in place for years before the landmark deal.

"What's important is that today, other than one or two countries, no one is supporting America", he said.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", he said.

Earlier Rouhani predicted that that the United States would eventually rejoin the global nuclear deal that it backed out of earlier this year, saying talks this week at the United Nations showed his counterpart Donald Trump's isolation. "We have tried sanctions over the years", said Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom.

"Behind our backs, they laugh at us because of our own stupidity", he said in an appearance on Larry King Live three decades ago, according to NPR.

Trump's address was met largely by silence from world leaders still not comfortable with go-it-alone views that have strained US relationships with traditional allies worldwide.

But President Donald Trump clearly repeated the USA demand that Iran must change its behavior in refraining from adventures in other countries.

"We need to build together a long-term strategy to manage the crisis that can not be reduced to a policy of sanctions and containment of Iran", said Mr Macron.

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Trump argued that since the deal was signed in 2015, "Iran´s aggression only increased" and that funds released from the lifting of sanctions had been used "to support terrorism, build nuclear-capable missiles and foment chaos".

Trump also accused Iran and Russian Federation of "enabling" "butchery" in Syria.

President Trump on Tuesday strode to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City to "share the extraordinary progress" the USA has made during his time in office.

"The biggest difference between Trump's 2018 and 2017 UNGA speeches is how he characterized North Korea (the DPRK)", said Ferrier. The United States, Morales said, "could not care less about human rights or justice". They were just sharing a "good time".

He went on to charge that the United States was plotting regime change in Iran.

"In 1953, the United States financed, planned and implemented a coup d'etat against a democratically-elected government", he said, referring to Iran.

He says the United States will never tell other nations how to live, work or worship - but says the US expects other nations to "honor America's sovereignty in return".

As the week went on, domestic politics proved to be increasingly distracting, with stories about his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh crowding Mr Trump's foreign policy agenda out of the headlines.

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