(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump chaired the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday, calling out China for attempting to interfere in the upcoming 2018 election, saying that China doesn’t want “me or us to win, because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”
“In my remarks yesterday to the United Nations general assembly, I laid out my administration’s commitment to building a more just and peaceful future. Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration,” he said.
“They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade. And we are winning on trade. We are winning at every level. We don’t want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election,” Trump said.
He also tweeted about China placing propaganda ads in U.S. newspapers in retaliation for his stance on trade.
“China is actually placing propaganda ads in the Des Moines Register and other papers, made to look like news. That’s because we are beating them on Trade, opening markets, and the farmers will make a fortune when this is over!” he tweeted Wednesday.
Trump opened the UN meeting speaking out against weapons of mass destruction.
“It is a great honor to be here today at this UN Security Council briefing to discuss a matter of urgent importance concerning and countering the proliferation of deadly chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. The nations of the world have long recognized that certain weapons are so dangerous and can inflict so much suffering that all of us have a vital interest in preventing their further development, spread and use,” he said.
“Since my inauguration, the United States has taken bold action to confront these sinister threats. Many of us are rightly focused on the dangers of nuclear weapons, but we must never forget the risk posed by biological and chemical weapons. The United States was one of the first nations to unilaterally renounce the use of biological weapons, and since WWI, we have led international efforts against this scourge of chemical warfare,” Trump said.
The president pointed to Syria as an example of how the United States has “twice imposed severe consequences on the Assad regime for using chemical weapons against innocent civilians.” He also accused the Iranian regime of exporting “violence, terror, and turmoil” and warned that it should never be allowed to have nukes.
“The Iranian regime exports violence, terror and turmoil. It illicitly procures sensitive items to advance its ballistic missile program and proliferates these missiles all across the Middle East. The regime is the world’s leading sponsor of terror and fuels conflict across the region and far beyond. A regime with this track record must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon,” Trump said.
“For this reason, I announced earlier this year that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. This horrible one-sided deal allowed Iran to continue its path towards a bomb and gave the regime a cash lifeline when they needed it the most. They were in big, big trouble. They needed cash. We gave it to them. In the year since the deal was signed, Iran’s aggression only increased. The regime used new fund from the deal to support terrorism, build nuclear-capable missiles, and foment chaos,” he said.
“Following America’s withdrawal, the United States began re-imposing nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. All US nuclear-related sanctions will be in full force by early November. They will be in full force. After that, the United States will pursue additional sanctions, tougher than ever before, to counter the entire rage of Iran’s maligned conduct,” the president said.
Trump warned that “any individual or entity who fails to comply” with sanctions against Iran “will face severe consequences.”
“I ask all members of the Security Council to work with the United States to ensure the Iranian regime changes its behavior and never acquires a nuclear bomb. With all of this said, 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 three million people who live there in order to get 35,000 targeted terrorists,” he said.
“Get the terrorists, but I hope the restraint continues. The world is watching. Thank you also to Turkey for helping to negotiate restraint. Anything the USA can do to help resolve this problem in order to save perhaps even hundreds of thousands of lives, maybe more, we are willing and able. We are available to help,” the president added.