Trump says US will only give aid ‘to our friends’

The Miracle - - National & Int -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Tues­day that the United States would only give aid to coun­tries that it re­garded as al­lies. Ad­dress­ing world lead­ers at the start of the an­nual United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly, Trump lashed out at the OPEC oil car­tel, China’s trade poli­cies and the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court which he vowed the United States would never ac­cept.“We will ex­am­ine what is work­ing, what is not work­ing, and whether the coun­tries who re­ceive our dol­lars and our pro­tec­tion also have our in­ter­ests at heart,” Trump said in his speech.“Mov­ing for­ward, we are only go­ing to give for­eign aid to those who re­spect us and frankly are our friends.” More­over, the US pres­i­dent ac­cused mem­bers of the OPEC oil car­tel of “rip­ping off” the world as he called for a low­er­ing of fuel prices. The United States stands ready to ex­port our abun­dant af­ford­able sup­ply of oil, clean coal, and nat­u­ral gas,” Trump told the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly. “OPEC and OPEC na­tions are, as usual, rip­ping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. No­body should like it.” Fur­ther­more, Trump urged heavy pres­sure both on Iran and Washington’s trad­ing part­ners as he of­fered a ro­bust de­fence of the US right to go it alone. Hours be­fore Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani takes the same ros­trum, Trump de­nounced the cler­i­cal regime as sow­ing “chaos, death, and de­struc­tion” and dou­bled down on the US with­drawal of an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment on curb­ing Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gramme. But the real es­tate mogul turned pop­ulist leader was com­par­a­tively sub­dued a year af­ter he stunned the global body with his bel­li­cose lan­guage on North Korea, in­clud­ing a threat to “to­tally de­stroy” Kim Jong Un’s state. This time around, Trump her­alded his own diplo­macy on North Korea in­clud­ing a his­toric sum­mit in June with Kim, say­ing he has worked to “re­place the specter of con­flict with a bold and new push for peace.” With midterm elec­tions in the United States lit­tle more than a month away, Trump’s ad­dress at times took on the feel of a cam­paign ad­dress as he her­alded low un­em­ploy­ment. Boast­ing that his team “has achieved more than any ad­min­is­tra­tion in the his­tory of our coun­try,” Trump was met with laugh­ter, highly un­usual in the solemn Gen­eral Assem­bly.“I didn’t ex­pect that re­ac­tion, but that’s okay,” Trump re­sponded.

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