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In U.N. speech Trump threatens North Korea, praises Russia, China

Donald Trump speech to the U.N. General Assembly

President Donald Trump’s maiden trip to the United Nations Tuesday was a love fest for Russian strongman and benefactor Vladimir Putin, and China while threatening to “destroy” North Korea.

Trump thanked Russia, a nation that hacked into the U.S. election process and allegedly colluded with his campaign during the 2016 presidential elections, and China for voting along with other U.N. members to impose sanctions on the North Korean regime.

The U.S. president failed to mention allies like Germany, U.K. and other nations who have stood by the country and worked hard to get the new U.N. sanctions passed.

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He warned in the United Nations speech that the world faces “great peril” from rogue regimes and terrorist organizations looking to expand their reach throughout the world. He failed to mention or condemn, by name, Russia which is quickly becoming the biggest sponsor of cyber terrorism in the world.

“We meet at a time of immense promise and great peril,” Trump told the annual U.N. General Assembly. “It is up to us whether we will lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.”

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said.

In a speech reminiscent of his bombastic speeches during the 2016 presidential elections, he told U.N. members that his focus is on America and “I will always put America first.”

The problem is he was not speaking to his American base and experts say the speech was typical Trump – all bluster, no substance.

“I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first,”

Calling North Korea and Iran “rogue regimes,” Trump warned the U.S. may pull out of its deal with Iran that has forced the Middle East nation from furthering their nuclear ambitions, while threatening to “destroy” the Asian nation.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said.

The U.S. president called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the “Rocket Man,” the juvenile sounding name he called the North Korean leader on Twitter over the weekend.

He then added triumphantly “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”

On the deal with iran Trump called it one of the worst deals U.S. has ever signed and an embarrassment to the country. Signaling that his administration is leaning towards scrapping the deal, Trump declared “I don’t think you’ve heard the end of it.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was in attendance beamed and afterwards, declared the Trump speech “courageous and sharp.”

“In more than 30 years of my acquaintance with the U.N., I have not heard a more courageous and sharp speech. President Trump told the truth about the dangers lurking in the world, and called to face them forcefully to ensure the future of mankind,” Netanyahu said.

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Meanwhile Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as expected condemned the speech and claimed Iran has been in full compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal.

“Everyone will clearly see that Iran has lived up to its agreements and that the United States is therefore a country that cannot be trusted,” Rouhani said.

“We will be the winners,” he added, while the United States “will certainly sustain losses.”

He stated that should the U.S. renege on the terms of the nuclear agreement, Iran will be under no obligation to contain its nuclear ambitions going forward.

“It will mean that this agreement has seen a foundational problem, and under those conditions, Iran will be freed to choose another set of conditions,” he said.

Defying norms and expectations from his advisers, Trump deployed language considered offensive to Islamic countries. He seemed to associate Islam, the religion, with terrorism when he used the term “radical islamic terrorism.”

Trump directed most his anger at Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and Iran but kept mum on China and Russia, two actors known to have outsize influence on how the U.S. is perceived worldwide.



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