Nikki Haley defends Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ speech to United Nations: He ‘was being honest’
Trump to African leaders: ‘So many’ of my friends are going to Africa ‘to get rich’CNN President Donald Trump congratulated a group of African leaders on Wednesday for the level of American investment in the continent, mentioning that he has „so many” friends who are „going to your countries trying to get rich.”The comment came during a luncheon on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, South Africa and a host of other African nations attended the lunch.”Africa has tremendous business potential,” Trump said near the top of his speech. „I have so many friends gong to your countries trying to get rich, I congratulate you. They are spending a lot of money. But it does, it has tremendous business potential.”Trump regularly mentions he and his friends’ business ventures in speeches and that has not stopped at the United Nations.In his first remarks at the United Nations on Monday, Trump’s real estate venture was at the top of his mind.”I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you,” Trump said, referring to Trump World Tower building, a building right across the street from the UN complex.The bulk of Trump’s remarks on Wednesday focused on areas where the United States and African nations are working together, including North Korea.”I want to discuss our partnership against a global challenge. Today the world faces an enormous security threat from North Korea regime,” Trump said. „We must all stand together and be accountable in implementing United Nations sanctions and resolution in response to North Korea’s hostile and menacing actions.”Trump did not, however, explicitly mention that some African nations, including those with leaders attending the luncheon, maintain ties with the rogue regime.The threat from North Korea has loomed large over Trump’s time at the United Nations, becoming a primary focus in the President’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.Trump touted the United States’ work with African nations to fight terror, telling the leaders that he was „proud to work with you to eradicate terrorist safe havens, to cut off their finances and to discredit their depraved ideology, and a number of you have told me.”
Pence presses Myanmar, U.N. to end Rohingya violence Olivier Knox Chief Washington Correspondent Vice President Mike Pence at a meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday pressed Myanmar’s military to end its violent campaign against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority and urged the U.N. Security Council to respond forcefully to the resulting humanitarian crisis in Southeast Asia.“Unless this violence is stopped, which justice demands, it will only get worse, and it will sow seeds of hatred and chaos that may well consume the region for generations to come and threaten the peace of us all,” Pence told the U.N. Security Council.Pence warned that the military’s “terrible savagery” — systematic destruction of Rohingya villages, killings of civilians, leading to an exodus of hundreds of thousands into neighboring Bangladesh — is “ultimately endangering the sovereignty and security of the entire region.”Related slideshow: Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks >>>The vice president’s remarks, the strongest language from Washington to date, betrayed growing U.S. impatience with Myanmar (formerly Burma) leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has drawn criticism for her relatively muted response.On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to Suu Kyi, long revered at home and around the world as the country’s champion for democratic rule, and “urged the Burmese government and military to facilitate humanitarian aid and confront the allegations of human rights abuses,” Pence said.“And while we welcome Suu Kyi’s comments that returning refugees have nothing to fear, the United States renews our call on Burma’s security forces to end their violence immediately and support diplomatic efforts for a long-term solution,” the vice president added.Rohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal on Sept. 11. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)President Trump wants “this Security Council and the United Nations to take strong and swift action to bring this crisis to an end and give hope and help to the Rohingya people in their hour of need,” Pence said.The long-simmering humanitarian crisis in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar escalated sharply with a military crackdown on Aug. 25 in the northern Rakhine State in response to attacks by Rohingya militants. Suu Kyi is skipping the U.N. General Assembly, which brought Pence and Trump to New York.On Sept. 14, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned against “unfounded criticism” aimed at Suu Kyi after discussing the crisis with her by telephone. McConnell, arguably Congress’s leading voice on Myanmar, noted that she does not control the military.“Burma’s path to representative government is not certain, and it is not over, and attacking the single political leader who has worked to further democracy within Burma is likely to hinder that objective in the long run,” the senator said.
PoliticsSarah Huckabee Sanders says not to read into the photos of John Kelly looking distraught during Trump’s UN speech Eliza Relman,Business Insider 12 hours ago White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that she „would certainly not read anything” into photos of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly looking distressed during President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.Kelly, who is known to be a strict disciplinarian, was photographed with his hand on his forehead and looking at the ground during the fiery speech, in which Trump called the North Korean leader „rocket man” and said he was on „a suicide mission.” He also said that if the rogue nation does not dial back its nuclear program, the US would „have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” a country of 25 million people.The photos of Kelly went viral on Tuesday, with some media outlets suggesting they are evidence of the former Army general’s dissatisfaction with the president. Other photos show Kelly looking alert and attentive.Sanders told „Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning that Kelly, who she said has „a great chemistry” with Trump, was likely just tired from the demands of the job.”The president has an abundance of energy, I don’t know where it comes from, all of us on the staff are tired trying to keep up with him,” Sanders said. „I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s part of it.””It doesn’t mean he’s upset by the speech?” host Brian Kilmeade asked.Sanders replied that Kelly has been „part of the speech-writing process” and „very engaged.””So he read the speech ahead of time, so any reaction it might be because he’s tired, or he’s just got his hand on his forehead and the media wants to run with it,” host Ainsley Earhardt said. „I would certainly not read anything into that picture anymore than probably, just like the rest of us, we’re tired trying to keep up with this president who’s working hard every day trying to help America,” Sanders said with a laugh. But the photos are reminiscent of Kelly’s reaction to another Trump event — his freewheeling press conference in Trump Tower in August, during which he blamed violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia „on many sides.” Kelly was pictured looking stern and displeased as Trump delivered his controversial answers to reporters’ questions.Sonam Sheth contributed to this report.