In first State of the Union address, Trump calls on Congress to take action on Iran nuclear deal, calls for “legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests”.
United States President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, speaking about his Jerusalem recognition, US aid to the UNRWA and the nuclear deal with Iran.
Towards the end of his speech, President Trump addressed the United Nations vote against the United States’ sovereignty following his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. He stated “Last month I took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition.”
128 members of the UN General Assembly voted for the resolution that labels recognition of Jerusalem as void. It followed a previous vote at the Security Council where 14 members states voted in favor of the anti-Jerusalem resolution, the Unites States using its veto power. President Trump responded, vowing to cut aid to countries that voted against the United States.
The president called on Congress Tuesday night to pass legislature that would ensure US aid “always serve American interests,” referring specifically to the Trump Administration’s recent cut in aid to the UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian refugees), He stated “In 2016, American taxpayers generously send those same countries billions of dollars in aid every year. That is why, tonight, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests, and only go to friends of America, not enemies of America.”
Earlier this month, the State Department announced it was holding $65 million in aid to the UNRWA confirming the funds would “be held for future consideration,” clarifying that “it’s money that’s being frozen at this time. It’s not being canceled. It’s just being held for future consideration.”
The president then finished his speech, speaking about the United States’ adversaries, highlighting the Iran nuclear deal and calling on Congress to take further action against nuclear Iran.
He stated “as we strengthen friendships around the world, we are also restoring clarity about our adversaries.” The president vocalized US support for the people of Iran in their fight against the regime, stating, “When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent. America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom.”
The president then called on Congress “to address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.”
Amir will address Trump’s speech, as well as Netanyahu’s meeting with Putin, Israel’s threat to eliminate Iranian missile plants in Lebanon, civil uprises in Iran, the situation in Europe and much more. Tune in for his LIVE Middle East Current Events Update, this evening, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Israel time). The event will be live on Facebook and our Youtube channel.
Photo: President Trump State of the Union address, Screenshot, 2018