Donald Trump will throw shade at Tehran’s mullahs in UN speech telling Iran’s people to ‘hold on to your sovereignty’ as nuclear standoff intensifies – and he warns enemies that he ‘will never fail to defend America’s interests’
- Donald Trump will tell the people of Iran to ‘take pride in your country’ and ‘hold onto your sovereignty’
- He will give the advice while making remarks at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday
- The president has criticized Tehran’s mullahs for acting against the best interests of their citizens
- His signal to Iran comes in the wake of a recent attack on Saudi oil fields
- Trump will also indicate that the U.S. does not seek war with Iran – or any other nation
Donald Trump will signal a vote of confidence to Iranians in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, insisting that they ‘take pride in your country.’
The president has been highly critical of Tehran’s mullahs acting against their citizens’ best interests and demands that the people of Iran hold onto their sovereignty.
‘If you want freedom, take pride in your country. If you want democracy, hold on to your sovereignty. If you want peace, love your nation,’ the president will say in his speech in a continued response to an attack on Saudi Arabia oil fields earlier this month.
His speech will also seek to deescalate tensions with the Middle Eastern nation, as he claims the U.S. does not want conflict with Iran.
‘The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation,’ it says in an excerpt from his impending remarks. ‘We desire peace, cooperation, and mutual gain with all. But I will never fail to defend America’s interests.’
Donald Trump will signal confidence to the people of Iran, telling them to ‘take pride in your country’ and ‘hold on to your sovereignty’ and he criticizes Tehran for acting against its citizens best interests
Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City ahead of the president’s speech
Trump’s children Eric Trump (left) and Tiffany Trump (right) arrive at the U.N. headquarters where the 74th annual U.N. General Assembly is taking place this week
The president hinted to the topics of his speech, which he will deliver on Leaders’ Day at the world gathering in New York City, but declined to give specifics.
‘Let me just put it this way: A lot of things are happening with respect to Iran. A lot more than you would know,’ he said Monday during a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. ‘I’ll be discussing it a little bit tomorrow.’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in New York Monday afternoon and told reporters he will deliver a message of ‘peace’ when he addresses the delegates on Wednesday afternoon.
Trump has not ruled out a meeting with the Iranian president during his time in New York this week – but he also hasn’t committed to a sit down.
‘Nothing is ever off the table completely but I have no intention of meeting with Iran and that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen,’ he told reporters on Sunday before he left for New Yor.
The president is also expected to address the U.S. economy – a topic he has made the center point of his 2020 re-election campaign.
But there are concerns his trade war with China could affect the American economy, a possibility his administration has repeatedly down played.
His speech comes as his administration deals with a political scandal involving the Ukraine and concerns about its environmental policy.
Trump, in his remarks, is expected to be as brash and blunt as he was in last year’s address, where his claim his ‘administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country’ was met with laughter.
‘I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK,’ he noted to more laughter and scattered applause.
Trump spent his first day at the U.N. focused on his freedom of religion event while most of the delegations were at a climate summit.
The president did stop by that meeting for 15 minutes – it was not on his schedule – and said he did so because he ‘likes clean air and clean water.’
Also on Monday he met with the leaders of Pakistan, Poland, New Zealand, Singapore, Egypt and South Korea.
After his speech on Tuesday he will have a sit down with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and will spend the afternoon meeting with leaders from India and Iraq. He will also attend the annual U.N. luncheon.