President Trump speaks at the UN

By Meg Wagner and Brian Ries, CNN
5:45 p.m. ET, September 25, 2018
11:24 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Human rights group: Trump's remark against the ICC is "music to the ears of tyrants"

From CNN's Richard Roth

President Trump, claiming the U.N. Human Rights Council had become "a grave embarrassment to this institution," said the US would not return to it without real reform and would provide neither support nor recognition to the International Criminal Court for similar reasons.

He added, "We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy."

Those comments, Human Rights Watch just said in a statement to CNN's Richard Roth, "are music to the ears of tyrants and war criminals."

"His opposition to justice for victims of mass slaughter is yet another retreat by this administration on human rights. But this attack on international justice will backfire, just as it did under the Bush administration," Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch’s international justice program, said.

See it:

11:11 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Trump: Making other countries "great again" will end migration

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

In a play on his campaign slogan, President Trump said on Tuesday that a global migration crisis can be resolved by making every country "great again."

He said the US would not sign onto a global migration pact, saying individual nations should instead set their own policies. 

"Only by upholding national borders, destroying criminal gangs, can we break this cycle," he said.

He said the US would "recognize right of every nation in this room to set own policy."

The only way to prevent people from leaving their nations is to "make their countries great again."

Watch Trump talk about immigration at the UN:

11:11 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

President Trump goes after China trading practices

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Trump told world leaders on Tuesday "we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals."

Citing his bids to renegotiate trade deals around the world, Trump said during an address at the United Nations that "many nations in this hall will agree the world trading system is in dire need of change."

Singling out China for its trade abuses and theft of US intellectual property, Trump said "we will no longer tolerate such abuse."

"We will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated," Trump said.

Stressing he still has "great respect and affection" for Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump said "America will always act in our national interests."


11:11 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

President Trump slams Iran at UN

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

President Donald Trump on Tuesday castigated Iran for sowing "chaos, death and destruction" in the Middle East and urged other countries to join the US in resuming economic pressure on the Iran. 

The US President trumpeted his decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, calling it "horrible," and noted that "many countries in the Middle East strongly supported" his decision.

"Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction they do not respect their neighbors borders or the sovereign rights of nations," Trump said. 

He added:

"Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the middle east and far beyond. The Iranian people are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran's treasury, seized valuable portions of the nation’s economy…all to send out their proxies to wage war."

Trump said the US has launched "a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds that it needs to advance its bloody agenda."

He said additional sanctions will resume in the coming months and said the world must ensure that "the world's leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the world’s most dangerous weapons." 

He vowed to continue to support "Iran's people."


11:02 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Sovereignty is the key theme at the start of Trump's UN speech

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Trump on Tuesday stressed sovereignty as he began his United Nations speech.

“Each of us here today is the emissary of a distinct culture, the rich history, and a people bound together by ties of memory, tradition, and the values that make our homelands like nowhere else on earth,” he said.

He continued: “That is why America will always choose independence and cooperation over global governments, control and domination. I honor the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs, and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return.”

Later, he added that "America is governed by Americans" and  rejects "the ideology of globalism."

Expect this theme to continue throughout his remarks. The administration has recently made several moves to put this effort on display, including most recently a decision to cut funding for the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees and a speech by his national security adviser John Bolton undercutting the International Criminal Court.

10:52 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Trump: North Korea has taken "encouraging measures"

President Trump, speaking at the UN General Assembly, said North Korea has taken "encouraging measures" following the summer summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

At the meeting, North Korea and the US "agreed that it was in both countries’ interest to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." 

"Since that meeting, we have already seen a number of encouraging measures that few could have imagined, only a short time ago. The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. Nuclear testing has stopped. Some military facilities are already being dismantled. Our hostages have been released, and as promised, the remains of our fallen heroes are being returned home," Trump said.

Trump thanked Kim for the steps his country has taken, as well as others who helped them get there.

"I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment. A moment that is actually far greater than people would understand. Far greater," Trump said.

This rhetoric is a stark contrast to last year's UN meeting, where President Trump called Kim "Rocket Man."

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10:55 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Some world leaders laugh as Trump claims his administration accomplished more than others

From CNN's Betsy Klein

There was a moment of levity at the top of President Donald Trump’s United Nations speech, when some in the crowd chuckled as Trump touted his administration's successes.

Trump began his address at the United Nations this morning by boasting, “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

There was some muted laughter.

“So true,” Trump said. “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he said, prompting louder laughter and some applause.

10:27 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Trump, offering little, says progress with North Korea "far greater than the media would understand"

President Trump quickly addressed reporters on his way into the United Nations where he claimed he's made "tremendous progress" with North Korea -- "far greater than the media would understand or know" -- and yet offering little on any movement towards denuclearization.

"As you know," Trump said, "there have been no tests, no nuclear tests, no rockets, no missile launches. And we got our hostages back. We're getting the remains of our great heroes back. That's already started, that process, and many more are coming in the very short future. So we're doing very well with North Korea. Again, far greater than anybody would know."

10:33 a.m. ET, September 25, 2018

Trump says Iran leaders must "change their tune" before he'll meet with them

President Trump just arrived at the United Nations in New York and approached the press to preview his remarks on a few topics. Here's what he said on Iran:

"Iran has to change its tune before I meet with them. They want to meet. I'm not meeting with them until they change their tune. It will happen. I believe they have no choice. We look forward to having a great relationship with Iran. But it won't happen now."

Earlier on Tuesday President Trump tweeted that "despite requests," he has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "Maybe someday in the future. I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!" he added.

But earlier, in an interview with CNN's Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour, Rouhani denied making any such request.

"Not this year, nor last year. We have never made such a request for a meeting with the President of the United States," Rouhani said. He added, "Under the current conditions, when it comes to a meeting, I do not see it as beneficial nor appropriate. But you should ask him who made such requests."