Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump touts his own achievements, and the United Nations laughs

Trump touts his own achievements, and the United Nations laughs

He said the United States made a "second mistake" in holding a meeting of the UN Security Council earlier on Wednesday during which 14 countries either directly or indirectly backed the nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five other major powers.

"That's because we are beating them on Trade, opening markets, and the farmers will make a fortune when this is over!"

"They do not respect their neighbours or borders or the sovereign rights of nations".

Trump held an unprecedented summit with Kim in Singapore in June that yielded a broad pledge by Kim to "work toward" denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump's trade wars against allies and disdain for multilateral agreements have isolated the United States on the world stage.

The UN Security Council meeting came one day after Trump used his address to the 73rd session of the General Assembly on Tuesday to attack Iran, and promised hard-hitting sanctions against Tehran while urging the world to isolate the Islamic Republic.

He lashed out at Iran, Venezuela and Germany, among others, boasting about the just-announced USA sanctions on Venezuela earlier on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated the offer on Sunday and expanded it to Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, telling Fox News: "That's who's running the show in Iran".

Crude oil up sharply as OPEC signals no new production
His tweet followed reports this week that Saudi Arabia would be comfortable with prices above $80 a barrel in the near term. With the USA sanctions on Iran taking full effect in early November, the $100-oil scenario could be becoming more realistic.

A gavel-wielding Trump also took a swipe at China, accusing Beijing of working against his Republican Party in upcoming midterm elections as payback for their growing trade war, a charge China´s foreign minister said was "unwarranted".

Trump used his speech on Tuesday to tout his administration's accomplishments, decry U.S. adversaries like Iran, and touch on issues over which he's long expressed concern, such as global trade and mass migration.

"We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism", Trump said. Appearing briefly flustered, Trump smiled and joked that it was not the reaction he expected "but that's all right".

He said the United States would help create a regional strategic alliance between Gulf nations and Jordan and Egypt, a move the United States sees as a bulwark against Iran.

Trump had called Kim a "rocket man" bent on nuclear destruction in his United Nations speech previous year.

He said Iran would remain in a multinational 2015 nuclear deal that Washington exited in May.

"The United States is a stronger, safer and richer country than it was when I assumed office less than two years ago", Trump declared. "Well, that was meant to get some laughter so it was great".

The president blasted OPEC for high oil prices, announced new sanctions against Venezuela, and warned the USA will withhold aid from countries that challenge his agenda.

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