President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York since taking office. During the speech, Trump focused on the growing threat caused by North Korea and international terrorism. “We meet at a time of both immense promise and great peril,” he told the assembly. You can watch the speech below.
Trump began the speech by thanking the leaders in the room for offering assistance after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. He also started by boasting about the U.S. economy and his plans to boost military spending.
“I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs,” Trump said, as he explained his administration’s policy of turning the U.S. away from a major role on the international stage. “In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens.”
Trump walked a tightrope with the speech, as he needed to retain his nationalist appeal to his supporters while also showing that the U.S. is still a global power. He has been critical of the UN repeatedly, both before he was elected and after he won. He tweeted in December, “The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!” He also pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change in June.
On Monday, Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also met with Latin American leaders during a dinner in which he said they need to help Venezuela “restore their democracy,” notes the New York Times.
After the meeting with Netanyahu, Trump teased a possible upcoming decision on the controversial Iran nuclear deal President Barack Obama struck. “You’ll see very soon. You’ll be seeing very soon,” Trump said. “We’re talking about it constantly. Constantly.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN on Monday that there would be a “high price” if Trump pulls out of the deal.
“Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them,” Rouhani said. He added that such an action would “yield no results for the United States but at the same time it will generally decrease and cut away and chip away at international trust placed in the Unites States of America.”