A year ago, this same collective of likeminded states from the region, from the international community met in this same place – I think in the same room – to review the situation in Syria. And every party present reflected on the distinct difference between this meeting and that meeting a year ago. The situation in Syria a year ago was marked with rampant violence, a humanitarian disaster, displaced person flight. It was a crisis, it was chaos, and it showed no prospect of improving in any of those dimensions. The need for a political resolution was clear a year ago, but that path to a political resolution couldn’t be advanced while the violence was as profound as was the case then.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a high-level event hosted by President Donald J. Trump on “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development.” Ambassador Haley welcomed representatives from the Member States that have signed a Declaration of Support for United Nations Reform, declaring their commitment to supporting the Secretary-General’s reform initiatives.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It's great to have Prime Minister Netanyahu with us today, a friend of mine for many years. And it's a real honor, I have to say. We're going to be discussing many things; among them, peace between the Palestinians and Israel -- it will be a fantastic achievement.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.
So I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley, for your introduction and for your steadfast advocacy for American interests on the world stage.
QUESTION: Good morning and welcome to Face the Nation. I’m John Dickerson. We’ll get to the story that dominated news coverage most of last week, that of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, but there’s a lot of other news coming up this morning and so we’re going to begin by talking to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Les États-Unis condamnent fermement l'attaque terroriste lâche d’aujourd'hui à Londres qui a ciblé des civils innocents dans le métro. Nous sommes reconnaissants que personne n'ait été tué dans cet horrible attentat. Et nos pensées et nos prières vont aux personnes blessées, et nous leur souhaitons un rapide et complet rétablissement.
The United States strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack in London today that targeted innocent civilians during their commute on the subway. We are grateful that no one was killed in this horrific incident. And our thoughts and prayers are with those injured, and we wish them a speedy and full recovery.
The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month. The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize the liberated areas.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, first, with respect to the administration’s view of the JCPOA, of the nuclear deal with Iran, the Trump administration is continuing to review and develop its policy on Iran. It is underway. There have been several discussions internally among our NSC and along with the discussions with the President. But – so no decisions have been made.
QUESTION: James Landale, BBC. First of all, Foreign Secretary, on aid. Do you believe that the government should be able to use its aid budget to help people in need in the Caribbean? And if so, what are you going to do about it?
Secondly, on Libya. Do you actually think that elections next year are feasible? And when do you think they should be held?