President Trump took aim at China and Iran while chairing a U.N. Security Council meeting on nonproliferation on Wednesday - accusing China of meddling in the US midterms, and promising sanctions "tougher than ever before" on Iran.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he chairs a UN Security Council briefing on counter-proliferation during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 26, 2018.
Doubts have mounted over whether Trump's administration can secure what he has called the "ultimate deal" since December, when the US president recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and then moved the USA embassy there.
China is the latest in a long line of countries being accused of meddling in USA elections.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would present a two-state peace plan for the Middle East in the coming months, voicing confidence the Palestinians would return to talks despite his unwavering support for Israel. "I think the Americans accept that principle".
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2018 in NY.
And in his speech recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Mr Trump said: "The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed by both sides".
Republicans who represent areas hit hard by China's retaliatory tariffs have criticized Trump's tariffs, even as they say they agree with his position that China's approach to trade with the US must change. A year ago at the U.N., Trump belittled its leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" and threatened to annihilate the country, but on Wednesday he touted the "the wonderful relationship" with Kim and teased that details of a second summit between the two men could be released soon.
In response to Trump's unexpected endorsement of a two-state solution, Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) stressed that Trump was "a true friend of Israel" but was wrong to back Palestinian statehood.
Trump then quickly pivoted to Syria, saying, "I want to thank Iran, Russia and Syria for, at my very strong urging and request, substantially slowing down their attack on Idlib province and the 3 million people who live there". And so obviously we have to make a fair deal, we have to do something.
"Deals have to be good for both parties", he said, adding that he thinks the Palestinians "actually want to do something".
US President Donald Trump participates in a United Nations Security Council briefing on counterproliferation at the United Nations General Assembly.
All of those sanctions will be "in full force by early November", Trump said. The two nations have exchanged several rounds of tariffs.