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♪ in air >> wow, that 7-year-old winner of the national anthem contest, tiny but mighty singer went viral when she belted out the star stangled banner. she might have a future. that wraps up this hour. coming up now, here in studio, in new york,fá stephanie ruhle.( >> listen, you have a voy9ñ >> i can attest toñi that. >> love you. >> see you in akoq bit. i am hallie jackson in new york. we will see president trump asking the united nations there showing up with the first lady, a policy speech and sticking points. we will explainó[ cthose,çó eve two showdowns shadow them. now brettçó kavanaugh taking a page from the donald trump
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who will join me live on the show in a minute. why president trump is trying to get rid of another. rod rosenstein, in 48 hours from now, the same day as the blockbuster hearing on capitol hill. reporting on the political and legal fallout. we wait to bring you the president's remarks from the u.n. right now, we are looking at what the supreme court nominee had to say, brett kavanaugh, fighting back about sexual misconducázandi] assault in an 3 unprecedented television interview. watch. >> i'm note1 going to let false accusations drive us in this 1i. we are looking for a fair process where is7 can be heard d defend my integrity, my lifelong record, my lifelong record of promoting equality for +omen,
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i'm not going anywhere. >> so, that's brett kavanaugh there. i want to bring inñr kristinñr welker at the white house. we talked about this. the strategy moving from defense to going on offense, right? >> that's right. i think you hit the nail on the head. this is, essentially taken from out of thexd playbook of presidt trump going on defense and digging in.w3 brett kavanaugh giving an extraordinary interview overnight to fox news saying the allegations are falseçó and he' not backing down. here is more of what he had to say. >> the truth is, i have never sexually assaulted anyone,q in high school or otherwise. i'm not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps dr. ford, at some point in her life wasu
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president trump said the democrats are working to destroy a man and could be one of the greatest suprk- court justices ever. this is a real shift in the president's tone, because, remember, last week when the initial allegations came out from dr. ford, president trump underscored he wanted to hear from dr. ford. toward the end of the week, he became combative. we know from the interview, he spoke with president trump. according to my reporting and what we heard in the interview, not only does he have no int5ò=9 of withdrawaling, president trump is standing
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behind him. >> he made a p('3q callq yesterday. kristen welker, thankw3 you. >> the democrats want the white house to order the fbi to investigate the allegations. here is what brett kavanaugh had to say about thatlp in that fox interview. >> do you believe there should be an fbi investigation into the allegations and a pause should happen and, you know, sort it out. there's nothing to worryq about nothing to hide, why not have that process? >> i have said all along, i want to be heard. i was first monday, the day after the allegation appeared fwi committee staff under penalty offáñi felony. i denied this categorically and unequivocally and i said i want a hearing tomorrow, last tuesday, a week ago. >> i want to bring in raj shaht joining us from washington. raj, thanks for being on the
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show. ton. discuss. he said an array of false accusations. 3 c1 ford and debra ramirez are lying? >> dr. ford's account, her specific account, she says, there were several other individuals there.
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i really want to try to get to questions here with you, legitimately. to clarify what you said, the president believes both of these w!u"ne1 are lying because no on else will co-ob rate the story. is that accurate? >> you are using the wordçó lyi. we are saying we believe judge brett kavanaugh and his denials, penalty he's prepared to testify on
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thursday. he told the country lastt( nigh clearly, he's never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or any other time. he is a good man, whose entire life story demonstrates he promoted women, promoted equality from his female clerks to his classmates in higú school. so, we believe in the man and his record. >> both of those can't be correct, you ñiacknowledge. you can't believe judge brett kavanaugh and these women are not lying. >> the president does not believe they are telling thet( truth. >> i wouldn't put words in his mouth. you read the tweet. liberal democrats have been coordinating an effort to bring the accusations forward at the 11th hour. there is questions about the evidence and the ba=u9 about them. we want a fair hearing on thursday for dr. ford to be heard as the president and the committee called for and for judge brett kavanaugh to be !zmejju$e country and the senat to decide. >> you describe your desire to
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have a fair hearing. mitch mcconnell said he is going to plow right through this. how is that fair when the senate majorityçó leader is describing plowing through theçó process. >> you know, senate democrats hearing from judge brettc kavanaugh. the night he was nominated. we are talking months ago. if we want to say this is a pristine process without politics involved, we would be kidding ourselves. we want an actual, fair hearing to hear from dr. ford, hear from judgeçó brett kavanaugh, hear fm the statements providedw3 by th individuals who she says were at the party in question, let the public decide. >> is there any circumstance under which the white house or president trump would pull judge brett 7rkavanaugh's nomination? >> absolutely not. we officially believe ins7 judg brett çókavanaugh. we believe in his nomination. we think he is going to makeçó
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fantastic supreme court justice. the president made a great choice in july in nominating him. we are moving forward. >> brett kavanaugh is on the move, leaving his home in suburbane1 washington. is he headed back to the white house today for continues separations for thursday? what can you tell us about what he is not going to read out the details of preparations between now and thursday. he's been prepared and will be on thursday. >> two more questions for you, i want to give you the opportunity to respond to this new york timesq piece. when brett kavanaugh was on high school, it seemed to be a reference to sexual conquest. kissed her briefly, that is it.c they said that nu,vi happened. is miss schroeder lying or brett kavanaugh? >> i think it's pathetic for "the new york times" to dig through a high school yearbook. this is about serious allegations of impropriety of
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several decades ago. brett kavanaugh denied them. >> you don't think when he was at the age is relevant to thec proceeding atçó hand? >> as he said last night, when he was in high school, yeah, he was at parties and, t(yeah, he d friends may have done a few things they are embarrassed about 35 or 36 years later. that is completely outside ther the things he isñi being accused of. the news aboutçó rosenstein was from the latest allegation against brett kavanaugh. is that the case? was the white house trying to change the subject there?fá >> ñino. i was present with some people involved. we were not expecting some of the leaks in news reports. look, mr. rosenstein is going to meet with the president later this week. they can have more information after that.
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>> deputy white house pressñilp secretary, thanks for coming on the show, appreciate it. >> i want to show you president trump's motorcade. he is making his way to the united natio.'y building to deliver a speech to world leaders. you can see them starting their rainy day in new york.xd traffic is alreadyfá bad. the president is expected to talk about a number of hot policy topics including iran and north korea. he is running behind schedule. we have seen the speechxd to op u.n. general assemblyxd speeche. looks like that's the police escort on the motorcycles there. to continue the conversation, immatm$=i want to bring inok former executive editor for "the new york times" and author of "strange justice" and reporter forq "the washington post" and
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moderator of "washington w does that seem likeñi a prudent statement to make at this juncture? >> it's a common statement by the white house. the white house isn't the entire driver in this process. they say as long as the senators hold, they will move forward. if something happens between now and thursday, the nomination is hanging on the edge and could be knocked off. >> jill, i want to get your reaction to what we have seen develop over the last 12-18 hours, sjs letter from dr. fordó where she says she needs to know who is going to be interviewing her thursday. who should do it? not going say i4 to be us. we want an expert to come in to make it happen? >> i think her question is a very fair one.
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it's the senate judiciary committee that has the responsibility on behalfxd of t public to consent. this is their proceeding. toe1 bring in an outside expert somebody who is experienced in sex crimes is just like trying to evade responsibility, in my view. this hearing should be about trying to get to the truth on behalf of the american?; people. bobby, charged with that t senate judiciary committee and members. >> sorry to interrupt you there. as we look at the president walking into the united nations, can you speak to the bit brett kavanaugh wentñi on fox newsok talk about the nomination. what did you make of xdit? >> i have been reading the book and we didn't see from brett kavanaugh, the judge, the real public defiance.
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we saw him confident in his statement that he's done no wrong. he is careful in his words, sitting there with his wife, talking there theçó position. wanted a fair process, not calling for an fbi investigation. not going like the way justice thomas did. this is a character ideological making a case from his point of view. he's trying to survive. >> thank you for talking about that story with us. we are goingq to turn to the other big story, donald trump. let's listen. >> we are doing many things right now, including sanctions at a massive level.t( one of the highest levels we have done. before i meet with them, they wanted me, 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.qñrñr
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we are in the process of setting up a meeting with north korea. chairman kim is dealing with us. we have made tremendous progress, greater than the media would understand or know. it has been really a very good relationship. as you know, there have been no tests, no nuclear tests, no çó rockets, noñr miss sile launche. we got our hostages back. are back. that's the start of the process. many more are coming in the short future. we are doing well with norlt korea. again, farther than anybody would know. i have much personal core spkoñ
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correspondence with mr. kim. a meeting with rod rosenstein on thursday. today, i'm doing other things. it is a very sad case. we want to see it fixed. what's happening there is a tragedy. okay. thank you very much.yme1 >> president trump walking away there, with his wife, melania trump. we spotted chief of staff john kelly in the background with other white house aides, national security adviser, john bolton, as well. he goes up the escalator to deliver his address to the united nations. i'm joined by sumi terry.
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carol lee as well. the president talked about a couple things related to north korea. i want to see if we can hear what he is saying. can i see that? they are moving out of the camera view.ñi there he is. it relates to this idea of america first, the president's posture on the world stage and c we have a long way to go. the goal is fádenuclearization.
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when p president and moon jay inmet with kim jong-un, they promised to do a number of things, if the corresponding measure, what is that? it's unclear. >> the president referenced setting up a meeting withw3 nor korea. it's unclear if he means this week. he doesn't. he means with mike pompeo,xd comingñijf up. he talksorp!out a lot of correspondence. we know of some, but not a lot. do you think he's overstating it? >> he is. not only overstating the engagement with north korea sárp+e been playing games with d not responding in the way that the white house would like them to. there was the canceled trip by mike pompeo to pyongyang. you fáknow, there's that piece it. he's also painting a rosier
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picture on what north korea showed a willingness to do. we know they are activelyçó continuing to have nuclear programs. there haven't been any tests. they are taking steps to try to hide different things from the u.s. surveillance and move things around so they are not detected. it's, you know, the toneçó is different. i think no one would havelp predicted ajfxd year ago this i what the president would be saying at this time. but, there's, as you are saying, a long wayxd to go. it's not as rosy as president trump keepst( trying to say. >> back to the united nations, the president was 20 minutes behindñi schedule. they are now speaking, so we ar1 10-15 minutes or 20 minutes away from the president making his address. jeff is there on the east side. it is not just north korea, we expect to hear tough talk onw3
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iran. saying he is an absolutely lovely man that caught some people by surprise. >> reporter: yes. i think that's the case, hallie. the white house says the president is going to make the case that his brand of diplomacy is the thing that helps north korea and puts the country on a firmer sitting. he's going to push for a harder line stance on iran and try to persuade allies to back his, what is now controversial decision from the iran nuclear deal. so, i'm also told diplomats are bracing for4' a confrontational tone fromlp the president, give he's made clear he sees little use for the organizations like the u.n., he's expected to talk about that, the global trade,t( global defense;x he's going to make ng the case, he views u.n. sovereignty, what he calls america first as the foreigni]
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policy. >> his services at the united nation's building. he's got the rosenstein hearing coming up. he says i'mçó focusing on other things today. >> he focuses on fáwhat's in frt of him on a given day. there's a lot of talk about what happens to rod rosenstein.w3 i don't think anyone is quite sure what will happen at the end of that day. in the meantime, the second nominee. they are going to a high stakes hearing. it's crazy. >> a split screen moment in this presidency. let me bring in bill richardson, ambassador to the u.n. ambassadorñi richardson tor, to. president rouhani is on notice
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right now. he has no plans to meet with rouhani. after this interview when he already ruled out meeting with donald trump. watch. >> translator: there is no such program for a meeting. mr. trump did not create conditions necessary to bring about the atmosphere conducive to a meeting. >> ambassador richardson, how do you see the next 45 minutes playing out between the u.s. and iran? meeting.ng to unlike kim jong-un, who is a willing participant with the president, rouhani is not. there's a lot of hostility between the two countries. i think the presiden is going to reflect that in his speech. he's goingt( to talk about terrorism in syria, thatçó the iranians are promoting in yemen, holding americans prisoners.
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i think there are no conditions for a potential summit. now, my worry is that because we got out of the iran nuclear agreement, that iran is going to, on its own, withdrawal from it, despite the pleas of european allies. the brits, the french, the germans, that want to keep them in. i think we want stability in the middle east. the middle east is kind of exploding right now with so many tensions, so much tension. so, while north korea is getting better, there's no question, there's stillñr issues withq ir thatxd troubled me a lot. in a way, i'm glad there is no summit right now, not even a pull aside meeting. that was the message that i got from the president's statement. >> glad there'sfá no meeting wi a lot of allies in europe. >> yes, and the middle east. it's interesting the president is saying no, i'm breaking up
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with you. i didn't want to get together. you know, the line from the white house and the president is he was open to a meeting. that has been his approach. now, you know, president rouhani is in a political situation do mesically at home and the meeting is not for him. they didn't want to meet. now, the president is trying to flip the script. you will see, i think, this white house lean in toward iran and much more aggressively in coming days and weeks because their argument is that nothing in the middle east can be resolved while iran is gingand, you know, hezbollah and yemen. so, they kind of see that as the key, dealing withok iran is dealing with other problems. >> the president is talking entirely about process and rhetoric. how many meetings, what meeting and what people aree1 saying abt
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him. it showse1 there's no ruling on substance or change on substance. there's actually a vacuum. what's happening now is iran and north korea are backing up their own plans and needs. >> it is concerning to allies including ambassador richardson from the iran nuclear deal. the tariffs, by the way, that are sparking a trade war that allies withdraw from the human rights council tow3 help theçó refugees. how does this get resolved? should we read into the fact the president is not meeting with justin trudeau in this trip. >> there's the nafta agreement withfá canada and mexico that i up in the air. this is why there's so much interest in his speech. is the president going to continue this american sovereignty, america first,çó
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unilateralism? the u.n. system, not just the funding for the human rights system or funding for unesco, the palestinian refugee where we withdraw the funding andçó contribute 25% of the u.n. we are the power. we are the stage. there's concern by the countries in africa,w3w3 asia and latin america and allies, too. are we going to get into a trade war with china? seems we are. we need china to keep sanctions strongly on north korea.e1 russia is also exploiting the sanctions. they don't seemx$$*q observing them. w don't want the international system, thei] trading,w3 the multilateralism to deter some of our goals in north korea and iran. that's the danger here. >> we are going to press pause on thisçó conversation. hang out for a second.
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the president is expected to address the united nations general assembly any minuteñi n. the ecuador leader is speaking now. president trump will go next.
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we saw the president and first lady a second ago, they stopped and answered questions from reporters including one about rod rosenstein. rosenstein did not answer questions outside his house. the meeting is set for thursday at the white house. rosenstein, president trump, the future of rosenstein, the administration and the future of the russia investigation. sarah sanders was asked about what the president believes. doesçó he believe "the new york times" report or does he believe rosenstein's denial? watch. >> part of the conversation that conversation that hasn't happened yet. the president and rod rosenstein had the beginning of the conversation by phone. they agreed it was best to sit down and have that further and longer conversation in person. >> joining me is harry, former u.s. attorney and former deputy
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general durring the clinton administration and carol lee, msnbc political analyst, nick. aw3 special treat to have youxd new york for the general assembly. harry, let me go to youçó here. after a hot mess of five hours, rosenstein is in or çóout.q he is the attorney general as of ,gu will he remain until after the midterms n your view? >> i think he will. you know,w3 this came out frida. trump could easilybu(ut blown his top then. we have certainly seen it. he's not shyñi about firing peoe like he did withçó jim comey. somehow, thexd political calcul in the white house was hold your powder. it would be a big problem for the midterms to fire him now. i don't see why this would have changed and there's an element,
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i think, of theater andym calli him to the carpet to talk it over on thursday. that's also not normally trump's style. they5a might wish for his resignation. i don't think they will get it. firing him is problematic politically and legally so my best guess is, he is the deputy attorney general through the midterms. >> can i play devils advocate? you talk aboutxd the president meeting the rosenstein on thursday. in new york, he delivers a speech today and tomorrow, heading back to the white house thursday. if you are the president, wouldn't you want to meet with a guy that showed up with john kelly preparingçó to fire or ofr the resignation, wouldn't you want to talk that out? >> if you are the president, donald e1trump, by his record, don't think you want to talk it out. you normally just want to firex him or decide for yourself.
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i think that is also an aspect, a kind of bringing him to heal. of course,c it could be that or it could be a request for some kind of concession in the çópro. that would be problematic. no$ñc i don't think it's his ste to talk it through over a series of conversations. i think it's his style to sack him, if that's what he wants to do. >> let me play for nick and carol whatçó alberta gonzalez h to say about the special counsel investigation. >> if he ends up out of the a will. affect the f he investigation? >> i think jeff sessions has to be out of there to change the investigation. we are not going to see much
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until after the midterms. self-interest is a problem here. if he cleans house, it's about the constitutional crisis. it could be the issue of democrats and make it more likely for the president. he holds, keeps feelings bottled up, and he can do itq if he understands his career could be on the line. >> carol? >> what's interesting to me is in typical times, we are obviously not in typical times, if a deputy attorney general joked about the 25th amendment or talking about it he would be fired.ok >> yeah. >> it reminds me of president obama. he fired him theq day after. >> the day after. >> this is so complicated. it's a self-preservation kind or calculation. a political calculation.
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president trump is, in a lot of ways a box, because of the mueller investigation and the midterms. you are seeing this play outok a way that, with the mueller investigation not in factor, this would be a clear thing that the president of the united states is well within his rights to fire somebody who would have jokingly talked about these things. >> everyone is asking lpus, wha is happening over this five-hour period? what, exactly, went down. the attorney general slipped into the side centrance of the
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>> probably. i'm not sure how much i credit that reporting. there was a quality to the in any event, yes, he has given ground before to protect thee1 mueller probe. he could continue to do that. one quick point, i agree with everything except i think it's likely that if he leaves, francisco will be recused and the time will pass to the next guy, steve engle. >> because you believe francis actions and the campaign, his role. i have 2/e leave it there. thank qyou. president trump just beginning to enter the assembly
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floor. we expect him to speak in the next minuteñr or so. we know the prior two speakers wrapped up. the president is behind schedule.ok the speech will go 15-20 çó minutes, maybe longer. the president is walking in that distinctive green backdrop there, which he will be speaking. he will be introduced, then bring hist( remarks. perhaps more importantly, iran, north korea. the president beginning to)g@lk up to the podium there. we will listen in to the presidential remarks. secretary general, worh leaders, ambassadors and distinguished delegates, one year ago,jf i stood before you r the fir/lñ time in this grand
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hall. ixd addressed the threats facin our world and i presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for all of humanity. today, i styt before the united nations general assembly to share the extraordinary progress we have made. in less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost anyc administration in the history of ourçó country. americas so true. didn't expect that reaction, but that's okay.xdw3çó america's economy is booming like never before. since my election we have added
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african-american, hispanic-american and asian-american unemployment have all achieved their lowest levels ever recorded. we have added more than 4 million new jobs, including half a millionu we startdu(urjz of a major border wall and we have greatly strengthened border security. we secured record funding for our military, $700 billion this year and $716 billion next year. our military will soon be more powerful than it has ever been
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before. in other words, the united states is stronger, safer and a richer country than it was when i assumed office less than two years ago. we are standingt( up for americ and for the american people. and we are also standing up for the world.w3 thist( is great news for our citizens and for peace loving people everywhere. we believe when nations respect thec rights of their neighbors and defend the interest of their people, they can better work together to secure the blessings ofe1 safety, prosperity and pea. each of us here today is a distinct culture, a rich history and a people bound together by ties ofçó memory, tradition and values that make our homelands like nowhere elselp on earth.
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that is whyñr america will alwa chooseq independence and cpnáq)ation over global governments control and domination. i honor the right of every customs, beliefs and traditions. the united states will not tell you how to live or work or worship. we only ask that youok honor ou sovereignty in return. from warsaw to brussels to tokyo to singapore, it has been my highest honor to represent the united states abroad. i have forged close relationships and friendships and strong partnerships with the leaders of many nations in this room and our approach yielded incredible change. support from many countries here today, and we have engaged with
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north korea to replace the spector of conflict with a bold and new pushe1 for peace. in june, iq traveled to singapoe to meet face-to-face withr leader, kim jong-un. we had highly productive conversations andçó meetings. and we agreed it was in both country's interest to pursue a denuclearization of the korean peninsula. since that meeting, we have seer measures thatxwfew could have imagined a short timeñi ago. the missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. nuclear testing hasxd stopped. some military facilities are already being dismantled. our hostages have been released and, as promised, the lágmains á fallene1 heroes are being returd
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home, to lay at rest on american soil. i would like to thank chairman kim for hisñi courage and for t steps he has taken, though, much work remains to be done. the sanctions will stay inñi ple until denuclearization occurs. i also want to thank the member states who helped us reach this moment, a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand. far greater.ht for, also, their support and critical support that we will all need going forward. special thanks to president moon of south korea, prime minister abe of japan and president chiç of china. in the middle east, new approach is yielding greatxd strides and
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very historic change. following my trip to saudi
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thanks to the united states military ands7ourçó partnership with many of your nations, i am pleased to report that the bloodthirsty killers, known as isis, have been driven out from the territory they once held in iraq and=ñ syria. we will continue to work or any meansg the tragedy in syria is heart
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shared goals may be thei] de-escalation of military c conflict thatlp honors the willf the syrian people.
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that is why so manyc countries n the middle east strongly supported my decision to withdrawal the united states from the horrible 2015 iranñi nuclear dealq-and çóñrreimpose nuclear sanctions. the iran deal was a windfallçó ó iran's leaders. in the years sincee1 the deal w
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reached, the military budget grew nearly 40%. the dictatorship used the funds to build nuclear capable missiles, increase repression, syria and yemen. the united states has launched a campaign of economic pressure to deny the regime the funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda. last month we began reimposing hard-hitting nuclear sanctions that have been lifted under the iran deal. additional sanctions will resume november 5th, and war will follow. and we are working with countries that import iranian crude oil to cut their purchases substantially. we cannot allow the world's l d leading sponsor of terrorism to
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possess the planet's most dangerous weapons. we cannot allow a regime that chants death to america and that threatens israel with ani annihilation to possess the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to any city on earth. just can't do it. we ask all nations to isolate iran's regime as long as its aggression continues, and we ask all nations to support iran's people as they struggle to reclaim their religious and righteous destiny. this year we also took another significant step forward in the middle east in recognition of every sovereign state to determine its own capital. i move the u.s. embassy in
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israel to jerusalem. the united states is committed to a future of peace and civility in the region including peace between the israelis and the palestinians. that aim is advanced not harmed by acknowledging the obvious facts. america's policy of principled realism means we will not be held hostage to old dogmas, discredited ideologies and so-called experts who have been proven wrong over the years time and time again. this is true not only in matters of peace but in matters of prosperity. we believe that trade must be fair and reciprocal. the united states will not be taken advantage of any longer.
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for decades the united states opened its economy, the largest by far on earth with few conditions. we allowed foreign goods from all over the world to flow freely across our borders. yet, other countries did not grant us fair and reciprocal access to their markets in return. even worse, some countries abused their openness to dump their products, subsidize their goods, target our industries, and manipulate their currencies to gain unfair advantage over our country. as a result, our trade deficit ballooned to nearly $800 billion a year. for this reason, we are systematically renegotiating broken and bad trade deals.
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last month we announced a ground-breaking u.s./mexico trade agreement, and just yesterday i stood with president moon to announce the successful completion of the brand new u.s./korea trade deal. and this is just the beginning. many nations in this hall will agree that the world trading system is in dire need of change. for example, countries were admitted to the world trade organization that violate every single principle on which the organization is based while the united states and many other nations play by the rules, these countries use government-run industrial planning and state-owned enterprises to rig the system in their favor. they engage in relentless
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product dumping, forced technology transfer, and the theft of intellectual property. the united states lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs nearly a quarter of all steel jobs and 60,000 factories after china joined the wto, and we have racked up $13 trillion in trade deficits over the last two decades, but those days are over. we will no longer tolerate such abuse. we will not allow our workers to be victimized, our companies to be cheated, and our wealth to be plundered and transferred. america will never apologize for protecting its citizens.
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the united states has just announced tariffs on another $200 billion in chinese-made goods for a total so for of $250 billion. i have great respect and affection for my friend president xi but have made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable. china's market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated. as my administration has demonstrated, america will always act in our national interests. i spoke before this body last year and warned that the u.n. human rights council had become a grave embarrassment to this institution shielding egregious human rights abuses while bashing america and its many
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friends. our ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, laid out a clear agenda for reform, but despite reported and repeated warnings, no action at all was taken so the united states took the only responsible course. we withdrew from the human rights council, and we will not return until real reform is enacted. for similar reasons, the united states will provide no support in recognition to the international criminal court. as far as america is concerned, the icc has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority. the icc claims near universal jurisdiction over the citizens
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of every country violating all principles of justice, stairness, ask -- fairness and due process. we will never surrender america's sovereignty to a global bureaucracy. america is governed by americans. we reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism around the world responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty, not just from global governments but also from other new forms of coercion and domination. in america, we believe strongly in energy security for ourselves and for our allies. we have become the largest energy producer anywhere on the
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face of the earth. the united states stands ready to export our abundant affordable supply of oil, clean coal and natural gas. opec and opec nations are as usual ripping off the rest of the world, and i don't like it. nobody should like it. we defend many of these nations for nothing, and then they take advantage of us by giving us high oil prices. not good. we want them to stop raising prices. we want them to start lowering prices, and they must contribute substantially to military protection from now on. we are not going to put up with it. these horrible prices much
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longer. reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidati intimidation. that is why we congratulate european states such as poland for leading the construction of a baltic pipeline so this nations are not dependent on russia to meet their energy needs. germany will become totally dependent on russian energy if it does not immediately change course. here in the western hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers. it has been the formal policy of our country since president monroe that we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and

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