Trump brings rare laughter to United Nations summit

Geraldine Edwards
September 27, 2018

Spearheaded by former US President Barak Obama and negotiated over nearly two years, the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ended a perennial impasse between Iran and the US.

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

The U.S. must focus on issues most vital to U.S. national security-it should avoid foreign meddling in relatively minor or trivial internal matters.

Soon afterward, French President Emmanuel Macron seemed to rebuke Trump's comments during his own speech at the United Nations. The move has exposed divisions between the U.S. and its European allies. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning.

On Thursday, Trump called on OPEC to lower prices, after benchmark Brent oil reached $80 a barrel, mainly stemming from a decline in exports from Iran, because of fresh USA sanctions.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing a pressure group on the sidelines of annual United Nations meetings, said he was "disturbed and indeed deeply disappointed" by the European Union announcement.

The president warned that his administration would take a "hard look" at its foreign aid budget of more than $40 billion and stop rewarding countries that act against US interests. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been boycotting Doha since previous year as part of a political dispute tearing apart the typically clubby Gulf Arab nations. Barack Obama presided over two meetings in 2009 and 2014. "We are winning on every level".

Appearances on the global stage tend to elevate the stature of presidents both overseas and at home.

In remarks to reporters on his way to his speech, Trump said he would not meet the Iranians until they "change their tune".

A year ago, Trump stood at the global rostrum and derided the North Korean leader as "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to "totally destroy North Korea". "This is one year later, a much different time".

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged the Trump administration to support a political declaration that hostilities on the Korean Peninsula have come to an end to encourage progress at the next summit.

First, the president reminded the audience that while the United States is a proud and resilient democracy that will always lead by example and stand up for individual liberty, personal freedom, and responsive governance, it is out of the business of imposing those principles under the barrel of a gun.

Rouhani earlier said that as a precondition for any dialogue, Trump would need to fix the damage done by exiting the nuclear deal.

Trump announced new USA sanctions on Maduro and his inner circle.

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