Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

World leaders laugh as Trump boasts of his achievements

World leaders laugh as Trump boasts of his achievements

Since Trump came to power, promising that the world's most powerful country would follow an "America First" foreign policy, there have been growing fears about the USA commitment to multilateral institutions such as the United Nations.

When Donald Trump started by saying "in less than two years my administration has accomplished more than nearly any other administration in the history of my country", laughter resonated in the UNGA.

Trump, who has long claimed that his predecessors' weak leadership prompted other nations "to laugh" at the United States. appeared flustered and responded, "I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK".

He also blasted what he called Iran's "corrupt dictatorship".

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction", Mr. Trump said. "But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation".

In his address previous year to the U.N., Trump insulted Kim as a "rocket man" bent on nuclear destruction.

Delivering a harsh message to OPEC members, Trump called on them to stop raising oil prices and to pay for their own military protection.

Rouhani also said United States sanctions against his country amount to an "economic war" that's disrupting trade and will harm people beyond Iran.

Pompeo said that the administration's goals of reimposing strict sanctions on Iran and those that do business with the regime "have made clear we will not continue to accept Iran's bad behavior".

Trump also said that foreign aid would now only be given to "friends" from now on.

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President Donald Trump repeatedly says "the world is laughing at us" when bashing his political rivals or ideas that go against his agenda. Trump said. "America is governed by Americans".

The president, who said he won't meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, withdrew the US from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran in May, saying the agreement rewarded Tehran for its bad behavior by lifting economic sanctions.

"We consider nuclear knowledge an imperative and nuclear weapons prohibitive", Rouhani said, warning that Tehran would meet "commitment for commitment, violation for violation, threat for threat".

The accord, negotiated under Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama, lifted most worldwide sanctions against Tehran in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program. In his second appearance at the world body on Tuesday, Trump did not threaten to attack another United Nations member state.

Some Iranian insiders have said any talks between Mr Rouhani and Mr Trump would effectively kill the existing nuclear accord.

The laughter came at the beginning of the speech, yet Trump pressed on, blasting Iran for spreading "mayhem across the Middle East and beyond", as well as China for a "trade imbalance".

After that meeting, the top diplomats from those countries and the EU agreed to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil, a key move sought by Tehran as it attempts to fight back against the re-imposed US sanctions.

Trump says he looks forward to having a "great relationship" with Iran but "Iran has to change its tune". This time though, Donald Trump, it seems, was late.

Trump announced that newly placed USA tariffs on Chinese goods brought the total value of Chinese products facing import taxes to $250 billion dollars.

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