Trump urges reform so United Nations can meet full potential

President Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States

As part of his reform agenda, Mr. Guterres has made it a priority for the United Nations to have a whistleblower protection policy that meets the highest possible standards, and the updated plan aims to ensure the Organization functions in a more open, transparent and fair manner.

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.

Trump had once described the United Nations as "a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time".

More recently, Trump praised a pair of unanimous council votes to tighten sanctions on North Korea over its continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

"What's interesting about Trump at the United Nations [is that]. on the worldwide stage he has no base", he began.

However, on Tuesday, Trump is set to deliver his first address to a session of the UN General Assembly.

President Donald Trump speaks to the United Nations General Aseembly in New York City.

"We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world".

In a show of strength today, the United States flew four F-35B stealth fighters and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula, USA ally South Korea said today, to "demonstrate the deterrence capability" of their alliance against North Korea's "nuclear and missile threats".

Richard Gowan of the European Council on Foreign Relations told NPR: "I think foreign leaders expect Trump to have some harsh words for the United Nations..." "And the idea that we're going to be talking about Syria and North Korea, and Iran, and all of those other things, I think it will be serious discussions". "While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140% and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment".

He also said that no member state should shoulder a "disproportionate share of the burden" and that every peacekeeping mission should have clearly defined goals and metrics for success.

The Trump administration's effort to cut costs has been met coolly by other powers, most notably Russian Federation and China, who were not among the 128 member states who signed on to a U.S. call for reform.

Trump, who seeks to govern on an "America First" platform, has previously criticized the United Nations.

He will then join Vice President Mike Pence for a working dinner with Latin American leaders later Monday evening.

But while Trump chastised the United Nations - an organization he sharply criticized as a candidate for president for its spiraling costs - he said the United States would "pledge to be partners in your work" in order to make the U.N.

On Thursday, Trump's final day at the United Nations, he will meet with the leaders of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.



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