From 'bold' to 'ignorant': world leaders react to Trump's UN speech
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:02PM EDT
Reaction from around the world to President Donald Trump's speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly:
Margot Wallstrom, foreign minister of Sweden: "This was a bombastic, nationalist speech. It must have been decades since one last heard a speech like that in the U.N. General Assembly. ... This was a speech at the wrong time to the wrong audience."0
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: "Trump's ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times-not the 21st Century UN -unworthy of a reply. Fake empathy for Iranians fools no one."
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza: "No leader can come and question our democracy, can come and question our sovereignty. We do not accept threats from President Trump or whoever in this world."
Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament: "Syria, Cuba and Venezuela are (painted as) almost the worst dictatorships in the history of the humankind." He said the speech was "contradictory," mixing expressions of respect for nations' sovereign rights with a "barefaced U.S. pretense to determine who has such rights and who does not."