President Obama on Tuesday hit back at Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that the United States is "exceptional" and has a special role to play in international affairs.
"I believe America must remain engaged for our own security. I believe the world is better for it. Some may disagree, but I believe that America is exceptional – in part because we have shown a willingness, through the sacrifice of blood and treasure, to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all," said the president in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.
Obama's remark was a rebuke to Putin, who in an op-ed in the New York Times earlier this month had criticized U.S. foreign policy and mocked suggestions that the U.S. was unique in standing up for human rights and international law.