Trump Speaks At The United Nations

Trump Hits Hard in U.N. Remarks

UN General Assembly Laughs as Trump Brags About His Administration

President Donald Trump addresses arrives with Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

In his latest U.N. General Assembly speech, Trump referred to early 19th century U.S. President James Monroe, known for the isolationist "Monroe Doctrine", and asserted that rejecting the interference of foreign nations in the Western Hemisphere and in the U.S.

"In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than nearly any administration in the history of our country", the president said with obvious pride for the thriving USA economy.

On the campaign trail, Trump said he would rip up the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and replace it with a new deal more beneficial to the U.S. However, since his May withdrawal, dialogue between Tehran and Washington has collapsed as the remaining signatories scramble to save the agreement.

This year, 133 world leaders have signed up to attend this year's assembly session, which ends October 1, a significant increase from the 114 leaders last year.

Rouhani sidestepped questions about American hostages held in Iran, or dual citizens who have been imprisoned while on visits to Tehran, but over the course of an hour's remarks to reporters, he repeatedly returned to his theme that the Trump administration is violating more than one worldwide law.

Trump, under whose administration Venezuela has been hit with rounds of debilitating economic sanctions, did not rule out the meeting, but said it is not something that he's been giving any thought to.

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The Iranian president took a dig at Trump's opposition to nations working together, adding a personal twist.

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Rouhani said the U.S. sought to use its capacity as chair of the UN Security Council to single out Iran at the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly's session, only to face the "reverse effect".

"The Syrian regime's butchery is enabled by Russian Federation and Iran", Trump said with respect to Syria's civil war.

"They loved how honest he is", Haley said.

"And today in the U.N. Security Council it became clear that America is alone", Rouhani told reporters.

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"I said, "I didn't know there would be" - they weren't laughing at me", he continued.

The US president is in the Security Council chair on Wednesday because America now holds the rotating presidency.

Trump has vowed to continue to isolate Iran through US sanctions that are being re-instated following the USA pullout from the nuclear agreement in May.

"And I heard a little rustle as I said our country is now stronger than ever before".

At the time, Trump seemed surprised by the reaction, but he later said it "was meant to get some laughter".

"The United States' understanding of global relations is authoritarian", he said. Among those scheduled to follow him were the leaders of Lebanon, Yemen, Colombia, Cuba, South Korea, Britain, Afghanistan and Italy.

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