Donald Trump Says UN Crowd Wasn't Laughing At Him, But With Him

27 September, 2018, 16:13 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • World leaders laugh as Trump boasts of accomplishments during UN speech

"We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World".

"We must protect our sovereignty and our cherished independence above all", said Trump. "They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations".

"The most important substance of the discussion is that almost all other council members reiterated their commitment to preserving the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, despite USA opposition, while several members (notably UK, France, Netherlands, Sweden) expressed their strong concern about Iran's other destabilizing activities", said Thomas Countryman, former assistant secretary of state for worldwide security and nonproliferation and now chairman of the board for the Arms Control Association.

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.

The president has removed the US from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, citing the country's destabilizing actions throughout the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah, and he accused its leaders on Tuesday of sowing "chaos, death and destruction".

World leaders at the United Nations General Assembly laughed at President Donald Trump on Tuesday when he claimed his administration had accomplished more than any other in U.S. history.

On Monday, foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran agreed to a "Special Purpose Vehicle" to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports. It's unclear how effective these countermeasures may be, with the Trump administration threatening punitive action against any government or company found circumventing the sanctions.


"Here's the thing: they have rampant inflation", Trump said. So, he tries to continue with a grin, adding, "So true".

"Most presidents would outline a plan to deal with Iran after the nuclear deal, or to transform North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to cope with the threat from authoritarian states, or to resolve the trade war", wrote Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

As his United Nations trip wound down, Mr Trump declined to acknowledge the distress he appeared to have left in his wake.

"For the first time, the U.S. president was asking other members not to adhere to a resolution of the very same Security Council over which he was presiding", quipped Rouhani. "The regime is the world's leading sponsor of terror, and fuels conflict across the region and far beyond".

Trump then slammed the U.N. Human Rights Council, which the United States withdrew from in June due to its anti-Israel bias, in addition to announcing last month that it would cut funding to the body.

Hacks like that have allowed Iran to maintain a revenue stream from oil sales, which officials say has never fluctuated much.

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