In first visit, Trump urges reform so United Nations can meet full potential

In first visit, Trump urges reform so United Nations can meet full potential

President Donald Trump seemed to butter up the United Nations Monday with a mostly complimentary set of official remarks ahead of his more anticipated address to the General Assembly on the issue North Korea Tuesday.

"We can all say it is a new day at the U.N.", said Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Trump more recently has praised a pair of unanimous U.N. Security Council votes to tighten sanctions on North Korea over its continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. There are no easy solutions to any of these problems, but Mr. Trump needs to avoid making them worse by projecting a commitment to statesmanship and diplomacy.

Mr. Trump will be pushing reforms to the United Nations and rethinking America's massive contributions, brokering economic deals around the world and trying to inspire global resolve to confront North Korea, Iran, Islamic State and other threats, top aides say.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) arrives for a joint news conference with Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2017. That's what makes this such a perilous moment.

Such an approach to the United Nations was taken by former USA president George W Bush who challenged the body by going to war in Iraq in 2003.

Trump adds that the United Nations. "It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where, as you know, it has its home".

But Mr Gowan said the U.S. president could also prove to be "surprisingly emollient in the General Assembly".




The president slammed the UN's bureaucracy and rede tape.

But Mrs. Haley said Sunday that the crisis with Pyongyang may no longer be in the hands of the Security Council despite a series of increasingly tougher economic sanctions.

In May this year, speaking at NATO's new Brussels headquarters, Trump scolded member nations for not paying enough and refusing to explicitly back its mutual defense pact.

Speaking at a session aimed at reforming the UN, Trump expressed faith and support for UN Secretary General António Guterres' "great reform vision" and commended him for ushering in much needed change in the deliberative body.

The two leaders will meet Monday, and Iran is expected to be a top priority as Israel grows increasingly concerned and active about Iranian influence in neighboring Syria. But he has softened his message since taking office, telling ambassadors at a White House meeting in April that the United Nations has "tremendous potential".

Trump is to meet with the head of the Palestinian Authority later in the week, but the White House has played down prospects for a breakthrough.

The lawmaker said Republican disagreements over how to handle things like Obamacare and tax reform are creating huge opportunities for Democrats. As the US accelerates ISIS's fall on the battlefield, it must now confront a global challenge of what comes next in Iraq and Syria as other terror groups and Iran - which the USA calls the leading state sponsor of terrorism - jockey for position.

"I don't think it was a coincidence that Ms Haley went to the IAEA [last month] and gave a speech to the IAEA to make the case that the Iran agreement does not preserve in its current form the interests of the US", Mr Schaefer said. The contributions are agreed on by the 193-member General Assembly.

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