Trump says US will only give aid 'to our friends'
New York - We are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States would only give aid to countries that it regarded as allies.
"We will examine what is working, what is not working, and whether the countries who receive our dollars and our protection also have our interests at heart," Trump said in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
"Moving forward, we are only going to give foreign aid to those who respect us and frankly are our friends."
Sanctions to remain in placeTrump praised North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for his courage in taking some steps to disarm, but said much work needed to be done and sanctions must remain in place on North Korea until it denuclearises.
"The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing has stopped, some military facilities are already being dismantled," Trump said in his speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly.
"I would like to thank Chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done," Trump said. "The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs."
Trump's remarks on North Korea were dramatically different to those in his speech last year at the UN assembly, when he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and mocked the North Korean leader as "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission."
OPEC prices 'rip-off'Trump also accused members of the OPEC oil cartel of "ripping off" the world on Tuesday as he called for a lowering of fuel prices.
"The United States stands ready to export our abundant affordable supply of oil, clean coal, and natural gas," Trump told the United Nations General Assembly.
"OPEC and OPEC nations are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world, and I don't like it. Nobody should like it."