The Morning Briefing: Trump's UNGA Speech, Mexico Earthquake and Much, Much More
Good Wednesday Morning.
Here's what is on the President's agenda today:
- In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will depart Trump Tower en route to the Lotte New York Palace Hotel where he will participate in an expanded meeting with the King of Jordan.
- The President will then participate in an expanded meeting with the President of the Palestinian Authority.
- In the afternoon, the President will attend a working lunch with African leaders.
- The President will then participate in an expanded meeting with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in an expanded meeting with the President of Egypt.
- The President will then depart the Lotte New York Palace Hotel en route to Trump Tower.
Trump's UN speech
President Trump gave his first official speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning, and was immediately berated by the New York Times (Trump's "characteristically confrontational message") and the Washington Post ( "Trump's menacing United Nations speech, annotated"). Sen. Dianne Feinstein lambasted him for words that "greatly escalated the danger" from Iran and North Korea. And the foreign minister of Venezuela's socialist dictatorship, Jorge Arreaza -- apparently trying to formulate some sort of supreme insult -- compared Trump in 2017 to President Ronald Reagan in 1982.
Reactions from dictators included a "Hitler" slam by Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, who has starved his own people.
"The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing. Their democratic institutions are being destroyed. This situation is completely unacceptable and we cannot stand by and watch," Trump said in his speech. "I ask every country represented here today to be prepared to do more to address this very real crisis."
Despot Maduro called the speech an "aggression from the new Hitler of international politics, Mr. Donald Trump, against the people of Venezuela."
"Nobody threatens Venezuela and nobody owns Venezuela," Maduro said.
Maduro added that "Donald Trump today threatened the president of the Bolivarian Republican of Venezuela with death."
Another "concern" surrounding the speech is the fate of the Iran deal. “We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” Trump said at the UNGA. The next deadline is October 14 for certifying to Congress that Iran is holding up its end of the horrible "deal" Obama brokered. ABC News has a decent rundown of what possibilities are available with the Iran deal.
Here's what Hillary Clinton would have said at the UN.
Mexico City earthquake death toll at 240+