When speaking at the United Nations, Donald Trump suggested he wanted the organization to be more effective.
Donald Trump is clearly preaching a more effective United Nations. The media headlines scream that the president “criticizes” or “slams” the international organization, but from the cheerleader-style introduction by Ambassador Nikki Haley to the praise heaped on the Secretary General, Trump was plainly advocating for the mission of the United Nations. It did not sound much like promises of an America First policy.
The New York Post reports, “Trump slams the UN in his first UN appearance.”
“In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump said at the 72-year-old organization during a meeting on reforms.
Despite a ballooning budget and a doubling of staff since 2000, Trump said, “We are not seeing the results in line with this investment” and encouraged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to focus more on people than bureaucracy.
“We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of people from around the world,” the president said in his tightly scripted five-minute address. “In order to achieve this, the UN must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process.”
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