Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump urges for reforms as he makes United Nations debut

Trump urges for reforms as he makes United Nations debut

U.S. President Donald Trump (C, front) speaks at a high-level United Nations reform meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Sept. 18, 2017.

Trump more recently has praised a pair of unanimous 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.

Trump said the United States would "pledge to be partners in your work" in order to make the UN "a more effective force" for peace across the globe.

Trump has also been pressing Xi to use his influence to help rein in North Korea. That's what makes this such a perilous moment.

The U.S. has sanctioned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said at a press briefing Friday that it is "unlikely" that Trump will "speak with President Maduro". It pays 25 percent of the U.N.'s regular operating budget and over 28 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget - a level of spending that Trump has complained is unfair. In past, he had labeled it as weak, incompetent and "not a friend of the United States".

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President Trump makes his United Nations debut today.

In a forum where long speeches are commonplace, the US President spoke for just four minutes and the opening was unusual, even by his standards. This may seem a low bar to set, but against the backdrop of Trump's anti-UN rhetoric and his espoused policy of "America First," his visit to the world's most visible multilateral organization could indeed be interpreted as an albeit small, but important step.

He said the speech would also be an opportunity for Mr Trump to put forward the US's position on the Iran nuclear deal, coming just two weeks before the president must next report to Congress on whether Tehran is still in compliance with the agreement.

It's those "leakers" that Trump has repeatedly lambasted, including by calling into question the veracity of anonymously-sourced news reports and calling leakers criminals - even when the leaks are not damaging to United States national security.

The president endorsed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' plan to reform the UN.

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"We have pretty much exhausted all the things we can do at the security council at this point, now", U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, told CNN.

When asked Friday what Moscow's message would be for Washington, Vasily Nebenzya, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, said, "Stay in the [nuclear deal]".

"We said that we needed to get value for our dollar and what we're finding is the worldwide community is right there with us in support of reform".

U.N. Ambassador Haley shot down the notion that this would effect diplomatic efforts.

Mr Trump on Monday will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, French President Emmanuel Macron of France and in the evening attend a working dinner with Latin American leaders.

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