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    Posted: September 25 2018 at 3:06pm
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Donald Trump's economic boasts draw laughter from world leaders at United Nations
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US President Donald Trump has used his speech to the United Nations General Assembly to defend his "America First" policies of putting US interests ahead of any move towards globalism, a message that was greeted by silence, blank stares, headshakes and even laughter at times from wary world leaders.

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Trump defends economic record using political rally rhetoric
UN delegates greet remarks with a combination of silence, headshakes and laughs
Iran threatened with more sanctions
China attacked on trade policy but no mentions made of Russia or Syria
Mr Trump said he honoured the right of every nation to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions and said the United States would never tell other nations how to live, work or worship.

He added the United States expected other nations to "honour America's sovereignty in return".

Mr Trump, who begins his political rallies with boasts about his economic record in less than two years in office, used the same rhetoric before the crowd of world leaders and diplomats, telling them he had accomplished more than almost any previous US president.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally
PHOTO: Trump has long claimed that his predecessors' weak leadership prompted other nations "to laugh" at the US. (AP: Evan Vucci)
The remark led to some murmuring and laughter in the crowd, taking the president slightly aback.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay," he said.

But his 35-minute speech in the green-marbled UN hall, while relatively low-key, was also aimed squarely at Iran, which the United States accuses of harbouring nuclear ambitions and fomenting instability in the Middle East through its support for militant groups in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

He attacked Iran as a "corrupt dictatorship" that is plundering its people to pay for aggression abroad, and threatened more sanctions against Tehran.

"Iran's leaders sow chaos, death and destruction," Mr Trump told the annual gathering. "They do not respect their neighbours or borders or the sovereign rights of nations."

Mr Trump, who said on Tuesday morning that he had given up hope for a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while both were in New York, said he would keep up economic pressure on Tehran to try to force a change in its behaviour.

In May, he withdrew the United States from the 2015 international deal to put curbs on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions.

Foes for decades, Washington and Tehran have been increasingly at odds since May. The accord with OPEC member Iran was negotiated under Democratic US president Barack Obama.

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"Additional sanctions will resume November 5th and more will follow, and we are working with countries that import Iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially," Mr Trump said.

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

Mr Trump compared US relations with Iran to what he called improved ties with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who Mr Trump had met in Singapore in June as part of a still-unfulfilled drive to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Besides calling out Iran, Mr Trump also criticised China for its trade practices but made no mention of Russia's interference in Syria or meddling in US election.

In his address last year to the UN, Mr Trump insulted Mr Kim as a "rocket man" bent on nuclear destruction. On Tuesday, Mr Trump praised Mr Kim for halting nuclear and missile tests, releasing Americans held prisoner and returning some remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950s Korean War.

The two leaders are trying to arrange a second summit and are exchanging private correspondence. Mr Trump has said sanctions on North Korea would remain for now.

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Hmmm......   I hate to do it, but I have to defend Trunp a bit.

His position that his job is to care for the USA only is correct. His claim that America is seeing economic success is also correct.

Ok, so no politician in their right mind says that other countries and their mutuality don't count, but they all think it.

The economic position is also not exactly what it seems. There are bills to pay and Donnie has deferred them quite artfully. They will come back to haunt America later, but at best he gets 8 years in power and it should take longer than that for the bills to be unavoidable The costs for the damaged workers alone could take decades to emerge, AND THIS IS WHAT OTHER "WORLD LEADERS" DO TOO.

As for Hilary, although she has been cleared of all legal responsibility, she clearly is a fairly shady character. But despite that, here I do condemn Trump. Almost everyone he surrounds himself with is some degree of shady. However being so prominent, Hilary is a wonderful smokescreen.

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I suppose history will tell......

Or the American people will at the next election.....

China is the biggest problem.....

Presidents come and go!!!!!!!

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Macron rebukes Trump's isolationist message
By Nicole Gaouette, CNN
Updated 4 hours ago Sep. 26, 2018
New York (CNN) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a fiery rebuke of US policies under President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly Tuesday, signaling that he is ready to take up the mantle of global leadership usually assumed by a US leader.
At times directly referring to the US, Macron rapped the Trump administration for its policies on Iran, climate change, the UN, migration and Mideast peace, among others.
The 40-year-old French leader also took direct aim at the central theme of Trump's speech earlier in the day, in which the US President focused on sovereignty and emphasized his administration's intent to distance itself from international agreements and groups.
"I shall never stop upholding the principal of sovereignty," Macron told the General Assembly, which draws more than 120 world leaders each year. "Even in the face of certain nationalism which we're seeing today, brandishing sovereignty as a way of attacking others."
But unlike Trump's emphasis on the importance of countries' independence, Macron offered a different vision, one that earned him sustained applause when he was done.
"Only collective action allows for the upholding of the sovereignty and equality of the people in whose name we take action," Macron said. "This is the reason we must take action against climate, demographic and digital challenges. No one alone can tackle these."
Macron began by telling the assembly that the world order based on sovereignty and equality among nations that came into being in the 1600s was facing a "far-reaching crisis," and said the answer lay in cooperation and collaboration among nations.
"Nationalism always leads to defeat," said Macron, who couched his remarks in the historical context of Europe's world wars. "If courage is lacking in the defense of fundamental principles, international order becomes fragile and this can lead as we have already seen twice, to global war. We saw that with our very own eyes."
As the US launches trade wars and turns its back on regional trade pacts in favor of deals with single countries, Macron pointedly said, "bilateral agreements, new protectionisms, will not work."
As he listed global challenges, he both critiqued the Trump administration's approach and offered his counterargument, mentioning early on the importance of the United Nations.
"At a time when our collective system is falling apart, it is most in demand," Macron said. "We shall support those working for peace and humanity," he said and then mentioned several arms of the UN that the Trump administration has stopped funding, criticized or withdrawn from, including UNESCO, the organization devoted to cultural preservation, the UN human rights council, the International Criminal Court and the agency that supports health and education for Palestinian refugees in the near east.
"The idea, here at the end of the day, is allowing thousands of children to go to school," Macron said of the UN Relief and Works Agency. "That's it."
Macron touched on the 2015 Iran nuclear pact that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. In May, the Trump administration withdrew from the deal, which Europe has fought hard to maintain along with Russia and China.
"How will we solve the situation in Iran and what has already allowed us to make progress," he asked. "Was it the power of the very few or the strongest? No."
Macron then moved to the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians with apparent references to policies Trump has pursued.
Trump relocated the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step the international community widely believes should be left to final negotiations of a peace agreement, as the city is contested. "What will solve the crisis between Israel and Palestine," Macron asked. "Well surely not unilateral initiatives."
Trump has yet to unequivocally endorse a two-state solution, saying he is willing to back such a plan if that's what the parties want. Macron told the assembly that "there is no credible alternative to the two-state solution."
Macron seemed to target the increasing efforts by the Trump administration and certain European countries to restrict legal and illegal immigration when he mentioned people who believe that they would be "stronger were we to close our borders." He added, "that's not true either," arguing instead for a broad effort to manage migration flows.
He saved perhaps his toughest words for the issue of climate change, which France has made a signature cause. The Trump administration backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement, making it the only country in the world that has rejected the pact, and has loosened domestic environmental regulations.
"Here there can be no short change," Macron declared, adding that even "those who deny it" are suffering the consequences. "In refusing collective actions certain individuals only make themselves more vulnerable," the French leader said.
Macron praised the countries in the deal for keeping the Paris agreement intact "because we have decided to stay unified despite the US decision to withdraw. This is power and this is the way to overcome challenges." And he issued a suggestion to leverage that unity.
"Let's stop signing trade agreements with those who don't comply with the Paris agreement," Macron said.
Acknowledging that many might be tired of the challenges of collaborative work, Macron urged the countries gathered for the General Assembly to carry on.
"Do not accept the erosion of multilateralism," Macron said. "Don't accept our history unraveling, I'm not getting used to it and I'm not turning my head," he said. "That is my commitment to you and I count on you."
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DW (English): Opinion: Donald Trump's UN speech makes authoritarians great again.
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