WASHINGTON -- Iran is dominating the Middle East and is on a path toward acquiring nuclear weapons, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said on Tuesday night.
Reading from a teleprompter for only the third time in 51 weeks as a candidate for elected office, Trump focused his speech on attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose campaign declared victory in the Democratic primaries on Tuesday.
"They are dominant, folks," Trump said of Iran, "and we have made them that way." Then appearing to divert from his prepared remarks, he added: "Better hope I'm president."
Trump's other two speeches read from teleprompters were delivered at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference in March, and a foreign policy speech delivered one month later.
In the speech, Trump also repeated a slogan for his presidential campaign, "America First," which has been a point of concern for American Jewish community leaders.
The mantra evokes uncomfortable historic parallels for some: In the 1940s, the America First Committee opposed US intervention in World War Two, the Zionist movement and the founding of the state of Israel.