After fiery U.N. speech, Trump set to meet with British, Palestinian leaders

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   Sept. 20, 2017 at 9:42 AM
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Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A day after delivering a controversial address to the U.N. General Assembly, President Donald Trump will spend Wednesday meeting with world leaders to discuss a range of issues -- including his take on North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un.

The president will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday at the U.N. building in Manhattan. It will be the first time he's spoken to her since tweeting last week that the London subway attack was the work of a "loser terrorist" who'd been "in the sight of Scotland Yard."

May publicly rebuked Trump, calling his comments "speculation" and "unhelpful." The two spoke by phone after the attack, during which Trump offered assistance and expressed sympathy.

May has also noted the importance of the Iran nuclear deal, agreed to by the United States during the administration of former President Barack Obama. In his U.N. address Tuesday, Trump called it "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" in U.S. diplomatic history.

Another proponent of the deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, is among the heads of state set to speak Wednesday .

In a bombastic speech Tuesday, Trump criticized the Iran agreement, threatened North Korea, condemned Venezuela's socialist government and prominently mentioned the disproportionate financial burden the United States carries in maintaining the United Nations.

Trump is also set to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to discuss a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement. The talk comes two days after Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump and Netanyahu emerged from their talk with optimistic comments about the potential for a breakthrough in the peace process. Trump said, "I think Israel would like to see it. I think the Palestinians would like to see it. I can tell you the Trump administration would like to see it. We're working very hard. We'll see what happens."

Later Wednesday, Trump is scheduled to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Each has served as a broker in the peace process, and Jordan has been a key player in the U.S,-led coalition against the Islamic State in the Middle East.

Jordan has also accommodated a large number of refugees from neighboring Syria in its long civil war.

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