Trump recieves backlash after UN address
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The United Nations General Assembly convened for the 72nd time last Tuesday, with the theme of debate this year being ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.’
Although most of what Trump said was carefully planned, he made a comment saying, “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. ‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” Not only did President Trump make a public threat of war against another sovereign nation, but also publicly humiliated himself in front of the United Nations.
According to the New York Times, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president, took aim at Mr. Trump during his own speech on Thursday. Mr. Mugabe mocked Trump as a “giant gold Goliath” and said other nations were “embarrassed if not frightened” by his statements about North Korea.
The Washington Post reported that Trump offered a hand to fellow leaders but also called on them to embrace “national sovereignty” and to do more to ensure the prosperity and security of their own countries. He consistently stressed the rights and roles of “strong, sovereign nations” even as they band together at the United Nations.
Trump called the U.N.-backed Iran nuclear deal “one of the worst and most one-sided” agreements ever, and “an embarrassment” to the United States. Trump strongly hinted that his administration could soon declare Tehran out of compliance, which could potentially unravel the accord. According to the Washington Post, he continued to condemn Iran for its support of terrorist groups, calling their government a corrupt dictatorship and attacking Venezuela for neither representing their people or meeting their needs. These countries responded by criticizing Trump, calling him a “barking dog” or saying it was an ignorant hate speech that has no place in modern times.
Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, did not hold back when it was his turn on the podium. While Mr. Rouhani did not mention the American president by name, he took clear aim at Mr. Trump on Wednesday. “It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics,” Mr. Rouhani said, referring to the nuclear accord between his country and six world powers.
Trump talked about putting the American people first and called the UN to do more to help, since the United States pays 22% of the UN budget. Trump also made a few remarks criticizing migration patterns, which is a clear continuation of his earlier crusade against illegal immigration during his campaigning. The Washington Post reported that he did not address some aspects of his foreign policy that have alarmed foreign leaders, including the proposed temporary ban on immigration for several Muslim-majority nations, a border wall with Mexico or the planned U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.