Watch Live: President Trump Set To Label Iran, North Korea "Global Threats" During First UN Address

President Donald Trump will deliver his first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday at 10 am. His remarks will be streamed on the UN's live feed, available below...

Since late yesterday, senior members of the Trump administration, a group that may include the president himself, have been furiously leaking details of the president's first address to the United Nations to various media outlets. The upshot, according to the WSJ, is that the president's speech - perhaps his most highly anticipated since his first address to a joint session of Congress back in February - will focus largely on railing against the US's many geopolitical enemies while attempting to reconcile Trump's "America First" populism with the US's role as a global leader. In particular, he's expected to try and rally international support for suppressing North Korea's nuclear program, while labeling both Iran and the isolated North as "global threats." Moving further down the list of US enemies, Trump is expected to castigate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for his anti-demoncratic crackdowns as his country continues to sink into economic chaos, driven by low oil prices and years of mismanagement.

According to WSJ, Trump will also touch on the need for reforming the UN, which he criticized in remarks made Monday during a working group for being too bloated and overly bureaucratic, while advocating a foreign policy that's "driven by outcomes."

"Mr. Trump will call for more burden sharing and cooperation among countries on issues including the fight on terrorism, North Korea’s nuclear and military threat, and Iran’s adherence to a multinational nuclear deal.

He will also mention reforms at the U.N. and the role countries play in enabling North Korea’s regime, though it wasn’t clear whether Mr. Trump will blame specific nations for keeping Pyongyang’s economy afloat despite global sanctions. He is expected also to address the crisis in Venezuela.

The address will combine the nationalistic theme of his campaign with an appeal to the nationalism of other countries as a new basis for international cooperation, the senior official said.

“It will be a foreign policy that is driven by outcomes, not by ideologies,” the official said. “What the president is doing is explaining how the principle of America First is not only consistent with the goal of international cooperation, but a rational basis for every country to engage in cooperation.”

The official said Mr. Trump dedicated considerable time fine-tuning his speech with his advisers because he believes Tuesday’s address is “an incredible moment and an enormous opportunity to demonstrate US leadership and USvalues.” However, while Trump is expected to find broad support for some issues, like condemining North Korea and combating terrorism, he may face pushback on others, like his demand that the Paris Accord be renegotiated, as well as his opposition to Iran, which signed a deal two years ago with the five members of the UN Security Council plus the European Union.

On those issues, French President Emmanuel Macron, who is also slated to speak Tuesday, could serve as a foil to his US counterpart and newfound friend.

“The [Iran nuclear] agreement is solid and we will make sure the agreement is strictly implemented,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters Monday morning in New York, adding that so far there had been no indications of a breach by Iran.

Trump is also expected to repeat his criticisms that the US is shouldering too much of the financial and military burden of protecting the international community - a theme that was the focus of remarks he made at a NATO meeting earlier this year that elicited horrified responses from some NATO leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel, who will not be in attendance at the UN because of the federal elections being held in Germany. Trump is expected to ask oher countries to join in the defining battles of the early 21st century, echoing themes of his campaign rallies and previous foreign-policy speeches.

Of course, as the Hill notes, world leaders will likely hang on every word of Trump's speech as they try to suss out which Trump they are dealing with: The conciliatory Trump epitomized by his address to Congress in February, or the fiery populist who speaks off the cuff and sometimes offers opinions or statements with little to no filter. Much of the political world, both right and left, "will be on tenterhooks" during his speech, the Hill reported. Trump started his week-long trip to the UN on a cautious note Monday, couching his desire for reform of the organization in diplomatic terms during a speech he gave to a forum of dignitaries that included the organization's new secretary-general, António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal. Most observers expect Trump will continue in a similar vein — but they know that nothing is guaranteed.

Even some long-time Democratic strategists were saying the speech "could be a win" for Trump if he sticks to the teleprompter.

“I actually think if it is Teleprompter Trump, it could be good for him,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi. “But going off-script is always the danger.”

Most observers expect Trump will continue in a cautious vein - but as Trump's adversaries have repeatedly learned, when dealing with Trump, nothing is guaranteed. To be sure, a more measured approach would help defeat Trump's reputation for "conducting foreign policy in inflammatory terms, generating tension with US allies," as the Hill describes it. During his one-on-one meetings Monday with Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump offered a more conventional approach - most of the time.

As the Hill recounts, Trump promised to give plans for peace between Israel and the Palestinians “an absolute go” during remarks with Netanyahu, while telling Macron that the unpopular French president pulled off “one of the great election victories of all time” and was doing “a terrific job.”

Yet Tuesday will bring a more difficult test, as Trump tries to rally an international community that is deeply skeptical of him to put greater pressure on North Korea. Notably, the leaders of Russia and China —both permanent members of the UN Security Council — are not attending the summit. Trump has had what could be described as a "love-hate" relationship with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping since taking office.

For his part, Trump admits that some of the topics he will cover may be "tricky," but that he is looking forward to the challenge.


EEEEEEEEEEE BaBaBouy Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:18 Permalink

trump has 0 power over anything. once he was elected he had to bend over and kick out all his people while adding more goldman sachs. he then scrapped all of his ideas and did exactly the opposite. even if trump would decide to follow his pre election way - he would be simply assasinated same as JFK and all the others. i can remember trump was lashing out at obama for palying golf - after trump was elected, one of the very first things he did was playing golf 

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MillionDollarButter J S Bach Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:57 Permalink

I was at the gym, and I was forced to watch that psycho Bolton on Fox lavish praise on Trump post speech.  Bibi all grins in the audience.  Seriously, is there a legitimate grievance against Iran other than that they don't have the right (central bank) and that we sodomized them for 25 years with the Shah?  We let the Shah have nuclear power back in the 70s.  WTH?

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veritas semper… Handful of Dust Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

I see only 4 nations that are a real threat ,the three heads of the Beast,the AAZ Empire:US,Israel and UK and their vassal,Saudi Arabia.There are other minor vassals of the Beast,like NATO countries,Japan,etc,but the dangerous ones are those 4.Period.If you think NK is a threat,you need to read more real history,not the fake one presented by the Beast.In summary:Since WWII US has killd 20 mill, overthrown 36 govts, interfered in 82 electns, attemptd 2 assassinate >50 leaders & bombed >30 countries.To improve your understanding capabilities,read this:

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Dapper Dan sickavme Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:26 Permalink

The MIC is in control and now thoroughly funded. Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military… The bill allots $10.6 billion for 94 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, which is two dozen more than Trump requested. The bill also provides $25 billion to pay for 13 ships, which is $5 billion and five ships more than the Trump sought.odious debt my friends,  remember that!

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Justin Case curbjob Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:27 Permalink

cartoon powerpoint presentation Or just ask Bibi to make his presentation. Has that Wile E. Coyote flavour to it.Which country has attacked and destroyed moar sovergein nations since WWII? Which country has killed moar people since WWII, then were killed in WWII it self? That is the real threat to peace on earth. 3 million in NK were murdered alone. Where is the woar crimes tribunal? Where are the reperations to the living victims?

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Justin Case shovelhead Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:06 Permalink

Korea was only divided into two parts following the defeat of the Japanese in 1945. The dividing line was the 38thparallel of latitude, with the Soviet Union occupying the northern part and the US the southern portion.Stalin withdrew Soviet troops in 1948 and there was a similar withdrawal of American troops from the south. The big difference is that the Americans returned in force in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War and have never left. Today, there are more than 40,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, with multiple military bases.South Korea is an important component of the US strategy of “containing China”, i.e. preventing the rise of an alternative element that might threaten the US’s hegemonic unipolar view of the world.Professor Bruce Cumings’ two volume history of the Korean War we now know that the standard western line about the Korean War starting with an invasion of the South by troops from the North is at best an approximation of the true history of the conflict. The truth is considerably more complicated.For years preceding the Northern troops crossing the border in July 1950, Rhee had been staging incursions into the north, carrying out killings, sabotage and other forms of asymmetrical warfare. On the island of Cheju-do for example, as many as 60,000 people were murdered by Rhee’s military forces.What is scarcely acknowledged in the west was the devastation the Korean War wrought upon the North. The US led UN Command dropped more bombs on the north than the US had dropped in the whole Pacific theatre in World War 2. This included the dropping of 20,000 tonnes of napalm, a particularly gruesome way of killing people. This method was later used to equally horrific effect in Vietnam.We now also know that the US waged bacteriological warfare, building upon Japanese expertise garnered in their war on China and further developed by US scientists at Fort Detrick.An estimated two million people, or 20% of the total population, were killed. The bombing flattened every city in the country. In addition, the bombing targeted irrigation dams on the Yalu River. The intention was to destroy the rice crop and thereby starve the population into submission. Only emergency assistance from, among others, the Soviet Union and China prevented widespread famine and death.The greater danger to peace and stability in the region comes from an even more dangerous and unpredictable egoist in the White House. That really is a worry.

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djrichard Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:20 Permalink

So using the GWB branding isn't de rigueur anymore?  Too bad.  2/3 of the axis of evil has a certain charm to it.  LoL.Edit: noticed that WaPo is bashing Trump as being a menace in relation to his speach to the UN.  So this was what I posted in their comments section:Remember when GWB described the axis of evil? Trump is simply on the same path to eliminating the phantom menace. Iraq is done. Now they're moving on to NK and Iran.At the time, I don't recall anybody in the establishment really calling GWB out as menacing. At best, the establishment was a reluctant partner to GWB, unwilling to really rock the boat. So now Trump rolls out GWB step 2. And now the furor is that this is a menace? You know, you're hypocrites, because if it was GWB doing this, it would be situation normal.A lot of us Trump voters are not on board with Trump doing this. One of the reasons we voted for him was because we thought Hillary would be the war monger. But it's not hard to understand why Trump is doing this. He's essentially been stymied by the press and the deep state and given one outlet of success that they can all agree on: finish off the rest of the axis of evil.Don't doubt it: the WaPo approves of this path. But to preserve their bonadides with the left, there will be much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth.

Joe A Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:03 Permalink

If Maduro is there and takes the stand he will probably not speak of "the devil was here; it still smells of sulfur" like Hugo Chavez did after GW Bush addressed the general assembly once. Chavez ended up dead from cancer. Apparently he inhaled too much sulfur. But Maduro's days might be numbered anyway since he wants to de-dollarize Venezuela's oil production. But screw Maduro anyway.It will get really interesting if the teleprompter Trump will use has a malfunction.

moorewasthebestbond Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:08 Permalink

Talk about towing the company line. Trump loses all credibility yucking it up with Confederate flag trashing nincompoop Nikki Haley (formerly Nimrata Randhawa). Is Nimrod Haley gonna be awarded the UN Blue Cross for her role in the white cultural genocide?