In at least some resistance to Trump's General Assembly boasting, ambassadors from New Zealand and Uruguay have both rejected Trump's "Call to Action", skipping the president's address and photo op Monday.
Addressing world leaders at the start of the annual United Nations General Assembly, Trump lashed out at the OPEC oil cartel, China's trade policies and the International Criminal Court which he vowed the United States would never accept.
"Didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", Trump responded, prompting the loudest response yet from the crowd.
He is expected to be unapologetic about his decisions to engage with the erstwhile pariah North Korea, remove the USA from the Iran nuclear accord, and object to United Nations aid programs he believes are contrary to American interests.
Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been tasked with bringing about the second summit, despite an assessment by USA officials that the North has not followed through on its commitments to take steps toward denuclearization. Donald Trump's tirade this time was targeted on Iran - it was softer and careful to not isolate the U.S. further on taking immediate action against the Asian nation.
Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Rouhani were attending the annual United Nations event.
Mr Trump said in July he was ready to meet Iran's President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions to negotiate a new deal.
In the speech written by senior advisor Stephen Miller with input from National Security Advisor John Bolton, Trump talked about domestic employment rates, tax cuts and military spending before declaring the U.S.
Trump, who met Kim in Singapore in June in the first-ever summit between the two countries that have never signed a peace treaty, earlier told reporters that he appreciated "a lovely letter" the young North Korean leader had sent to him.
In remarks to reporters on his way to his speech, Trump said he would not meet the Iranians until they "change their tune". "We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism", he said. USA officials said Trump is not seeking a meeting with him but is not opposed to talking if Iran requests a session. Trump has also slashed countless regulations, which can be viewed here.
"The United States stands ready to export our abundant affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas", Trump told the United Nations General Assembly. Trump says, "We're doing very well with North Korea".
Trump praised Kim as "very open" and "terrific", despite the sluggish pace of progress toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
Bolton said the United States was seeking to ramp up pressure on Iran but not to overthrow the regime - an idea he supported before taking his job and reiterated recently by former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's personal lawyer.
In his 41-minute speech at the General Assembly in 2017, Trump made clear he wanted to turn the clock back on the last half-century's growth of global rules and institutions and to return to the primacy of the nation-state.
But much of his 35-minute address was a defense of his "America First" policies of putting US interests ahead of any move toward globalism, a message that was greeted by silence in the hall.