Associated Press

Trump's UN Speech Draws Laughter, Asserts American Sovereignty, Isolating Iran

September 25, 2018 - 8:42 am

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's appearance at the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

President Donald Trump's address to the U.N. General Assembly has drawn blank stares, headshakes and even laughter from wary world leaders.

His opening line Tuesday, as he bragged about how successful his administration has been, was widely laughed at by the assembled group of world leaders.

Trump briefly appeared flustered before remarking that it was not the reaction he expected.

Trump has long claimed that his predecessors' weak leadership prompted other nations "to laugh" at the U.S.

Some in the audience also grumbled during Trump's remarks when he said "we reject the ideology" of globalism and criticized nations such as Germany for agreeing to an oil pipeline with Russia.

When Trump criticized socialism, a member of the Swedish delegation frowned with disapproval.


11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) to take a "hard look" at U.S. foreign assistance.

Trump said in Tuesday's speech to the U.N. General Assembly the U.S. is the world's largest donor of foreign aid "but few give anything to us." He says that's why he has asked Pompeo to review the billions of dollars in foreign aid the U.S. hands out each year.

Trump says the review will examine what is working and what is not working and whether countries that receive U.S. aid "have our interests at heart."

Trump says going forward "we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and, frankly, are our friends."


11:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is targeting China, saying the U.S. will no longer tolerate unfair trade arrangements that allow countries to dump their products in America, subsidize their goods, target U.S. industries and manipulate currency to gain unfair advantages.

Trump told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, "The U.S. will not be taken advantage of any longer." Trump says those days are over and the U.S. will "no longer tolerate such abuse."

Trump went ahead Monday with a tax hike on $200 billion of Chinese imports. Beijing retaliated by imposing penalties on $60 billion of U.S. products.

Trump says he has great respect for the leader of China but the U.S. trade imbalance with Beijing "cannot be tolerated."


11:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is asking the world's nations to join the U.S. in isolating Iran over behavior he deems aggressive.

Trump said in a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly he has launched an "economic pressure" campaign to deny Iran the money it needs to advance a "bloody agenda" of havoc and slaughter in Syria and Yemen.

Trump notes the U.S. withdrawal this year from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and the reinstatement of U.S. economic sanctions.

Trump says Iran does not respect its neighbors or their borders. He says a regime that chants "death to America" and threatens Israel with destruction must not be allowed to have the means to deliver a nuclear warhead.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) accuses the U.S. of adopting a hostile stance toward his country.


11 a.m.

A year ago at the United Nations President Donald Trump derided North Korea's Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man," but this year his message is different: Thank you.

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

Trump notes "missiles and rockets are no longer flying" from North Korea and threatening its neighbors.

Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June. The White House is working toward scheduling a second summit.

Despite Trump's praise, the administration has said Pyongyang is slow-walking toward fulfilling the goals set in Singapore.


10:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is asserting American sovereignty and rejecting "global governance, control and domination."

Trump said Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly he honors the right of every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. He says the United States will never tell other nations how to live, work or worship.

But Trump says the United States expects other nations to "honor America's sovereignty in return."

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