'Didn't expect that reaction': Trump gets laughs during UN speech

'Didn't expect that reaction': Trump gets laughs during UN speech

President Trump said Tuesday that he has no plans to meet Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, whom he described as "an absolutely lovely man", but signaled he was open to a possible future face-to-face.

Furthermore, the red-hot rhetoric used by Trump and his advisers at this week's United Nations meetings may widen the rift over Iran, rather than rallying allies to America's side.

In remarks released while Rouhani was still talking, National Security Adviser John Bolton doubled down on the decision to withdraw from the deal, echoing his president's strong language and using blunt language to dismiss any entreaties from Tehran. "The murderous regime and its supporters will face significant consequences if they do not change their behavior". "America achieved nothing at the General Assembly". "On what basis and criteria can we enter into a negotiation with such a government?"


In addition to his keynote speech, Trump is to chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council about nuclear proliferation on Wednesday. That meeting highlighted the divisions among world powers over how to deal with Iran.

His boast elicited laughter from the scores of heads of state and delegates in the audience for the speech.

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

But the USA seems to be "just telling the world, 'This is how it's going to be, '" Alterman said, "and that is not the way the world wants to handle Iran". He said Iran appreciates the European Union, Russia and China for supporting its implementation.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Wednesday he was willing to "shake hands" with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump "despite the differences".

Haley said Trump will talk about protecting United States sovereignty, adding that this is not saying multilateralism can't work, but that sovereignty is the top priority.

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.

He bashed socialism and addressed violence in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal and additional sanctions on Venezuela. Rather, it is a symptom of the weakness of intellect. That was sought by Tehran to counter US sanctions.

"Not this year, nor last year", he told the CNN.

Drama also swirls around the job security of Trump's deputy attorney general.

He added, the USA has re-imposed sanctions on the regime, which are set to take effect on November 5, 2018. He also spoke of achievements in foreign policy, immigration and reforming the US tax code.

Over the summer, Republicans in Congress introduced legislation that would require an unclassified report on Chinese political influence operations in the United States, driven in part by heightened concern over Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "We just don't see it as a big factor".

The United States has moved to reimpose sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 deal to curb Iran's nuclear program and has vowed to punish foreign firms that do business with Iran. Trump, who said this week he will have a second summit with Kim "quite soon", emphasized that Pyongyang has not tested a ballistic missile since the engagement process began early this year.

The president also pushed back on the idea of global governance, saying the US will always support and fight for independent sovereignty.

"The president's speech did nothing to advance those objectives", said Fried, a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council.

"I'm thrilled that every country in the room today has agreed to answer our call, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to this important initiative".

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