Freewheeling Trump Sticks To The Script In UN Security Council Meeting

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  President Donald Trump chairs a United Nations (U.N.) Security Council meeting on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Trump presides over the 15-member council as the United States holds the monthly rotating presidency. The Security Council meeting coincides with the 73rd United Nations General Assembly at the U.N.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump is following a detailed script as he convenes his first meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

The famously free-wheeling leader is referring to notes that are guiding him through the body’s parliamentary procedures, including which leaders to recognize and when to use the gavel afforded to the council’s president. The U.S. holds the presidency for Wednesday’s session.

Wearing an earpiece, Trump is alternating between listening to simultaneous translation as other leaders and ministers spoke and scanning the room or his prepared notes.

Bolivian leader Evo Morales launched a blistering critique of U.S. policy toward Iran as well as Trump’s immigration policies that resulted in the separation of migrant children from their parents. Trump sat stone-faced during the remarks, looking straight ahead. He thanked Morales for his remarks, before recognizing the next leader

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