Fri, Oct 20, 2017: Trump meets with UN Secretary-General, sees ‘tremendous potential’ for organization

President Donald Trump and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed optimism about the future of the United Nations under its new leadership when the two met Friday at the White House.

Trump praised the United Nations and Guterres, who took over leadership of the international body in January.

“You are starting to really get your arms around it, and I have a feeling that things are going to happen with the United Nations like you haven’t seen before,” Trump said, adding that the organization has “tremendous potential.” Continue reading “Fri, Oct 20, 2017: Trump meets with UN Secretary-General, sees ‘tremendous potential’ for organization”

Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets ‘dear friend’ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at UN

President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump on Thursday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “getting very high marks,” despite his increasingly autocratic behavior.

“It’s a great honor and privilege — because he’s become a friend of mine — to introduce President Erdogan of Turkey,” Trump told reporters. “He’s running a very difficult part of the world. He’s involved very, very strongly and, frankly, he’s getting very high marks.”

Erdogan, who spoke through a translator ahead of his meeting with Trump at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, echoed Trump’s sentiment, calling the American president “my dear friend, Donald.”

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Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Japan’s Abe, agrees to visit country before year’s end

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Thursday in New York to accelerate arrangements for Trump to make his first official visit to Japan before the end of the year.

Sources close to the matter have said the governments are planning a visit in November.

“I have been holding several telephone meetings with President Trump at appropriate times, but by having him visit Japan, I want to make Japan-U.S. relations even more solid and deepen our bonds,” Abe told reporters after a roughly hourlong meeting with Trump on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly.

“The relationship has never been closer, I believe, with Japan and the United States,” Trump said at the start of the talks. Continue reading “Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Japan’s Abe, agrees to visit country before year’s end”

Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with S. Korean president, bashes trade agreement

President Trump on Thursday bashed the five-year-old trade agreement between the United States and South Korea while sitting next to that nation’s president, Moon Jae-in.

Trump, who earlier this month threatened to withdraw from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, said that, besides discussing North Korea’s growing nuclear threat, the two leaders would address nagging trade issues.

“So because of the fact that our trade deal is so bad for the United States and so good for South Korea, I said we’ll focus on the military, but actually we’re going to try to straighten it out and make it fair for everybody,” Trump said while sitting next to Moon ahead of their meeting.

“But our real focus will be on the military and our relationship with South Korea, which is excellent,” he said.

Trump’s plan to withdraw from the free trade agreement with South Korea was met with backlash from agriculture and other business groups and pushback from within the White House.

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Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko

President Trump met Thursday with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, praising the stability his government achieved despite interference and aggressive moves by Russia on its borders.

“I wouldn’t say it is the easiest place to live right now, but you’re making it better and better on a daily basis,” Mr. Trump said.

He said “borders” would be a major topic of their discussion, which took place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Continue reading “Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko”

Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Afghan president, touts ‘great progress’ amid troop surge

President Trump during a meeting with Afghanistan’s president on Thursday touted the “great progress” in the conflict there as the U.S. prepares to send more troops.

“We are working very well together, we are working very hard,” Trump said. “Our military is as you know over there right now and doing really an incredible job, more of leadership than fighting. We are leading a lot of wonderful Afghan troops who are fighting very hard … and great progress is being made.”

Still, sitting next to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the United Nations, Trump described Afghanistan as a “hornet’s nest” for terror groups in comments one day after the Pentagon announced it will be sending 3,000 additional U.S. troops to the country. Continue reading “Thur, Sept 21, 2017: Trump meets with Afghan president, touts ‘great progress’ amid troop surge”

Wed, Sept 20, 2017: Trump meets with Egyptian president at UN

The United States will consider resuming some suspended military assistance to Eypt, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday.

The U.S. government last month decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million over human rights concerns.

Asked if he would restart military to aid to Egypt, Trump told reporters as he began a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: “We’re going to certainly consider it.” Continue reading “Wed, Sept 20, 2017: Trump meets with Egyptian president at UN”

Wed, Sept 20, 2017: Trump meets with UK’s Theresa May to discuss North Korea, Iran

President Donald J. Trump met yesterday with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. They discussed approaches to end Iran’s destabilizing influence in Syria and Iraq. The two leaders also reviewed next steps on the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump asked the United Kingdom to increase pressure on North Korea to denuclearize. The President and Prime Minister exchanged views on how to improve the two countries’ joint efforts on counterterrorism, including addressing the use of the Internet by terrorists. Prime Minister May briefed President Trump on the status of the Brexit negotiations.

–The White House 

Wed, Sept 20, 2017: Trump delivers remarks to African leaders at UN lunch

Lotte New York Palace Hotel
New York, New York

1:31 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, General. I appreciate it. And I’m greatly honored to host this lunch, to be joined by the leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa. In particular, I want to thank President Condé, who is representing the African Union. Thank you. Thank you.

In this room, I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian, and security issues. We hope to extend our economic partnerships with countries who are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States. Continue reading “Wed, Sept 20, 2017: Trump delivers remarks to African leaders at UN lunch”