Trump at United Nations says its mission is hindered by 'bureaucracy and mismanagement'

Pauline Gross
September 19, 2017

Once he had even described it as a "club for people to get together, talk and have a good time".

Haley has made her mark also by fighting what she describes as United Nations anti-Israel bias, pushing for United Nations reform amid Trump's call to slash US funding, accusing Iran of meddling in the Middle East and challenging Russian Federation over Ukraine and its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

It is not clear what approach Mr Trump's speech will take on Tuesday.

He also praised U.N. Secretary General António Guterres "for his call for the United Nations to focus more on people & less on bureaucracy". His speech was a sharp departure from his earlier stance. And second, that he sees the U.S. as continuing to playing a key role in worldwide affairs that goes beyond very narrowly defined national interests.

But the new course the president has charted for America has unnerved numerous roughly 120 world leaders who will gather in NY, many of whom were far more comfortable with President Obama.

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The U.S. has asked member nations to sign a declaration on UN reforms, and more than 120 nations have already done so.

Trump's call for strengthening United Nations whistleblower protections came despite his frequent heavy-handed criticism of the leaks that have beset his administration.

But Mr Trump faces a changing world.

Two world leaders central to world affairs, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, won't be present at the U.N. General Assembly.

"If Trump makes a mess of his speech, it will feed into a narrative of American decline". We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. "It's incorrect that criticism of the United Nations, especially its management flaws and lack of accountability, will play into the hands of China".

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The U.S. pays about one-fifth of the UN's budget, and almost a third of its separate peacekeeping funds.

But administration officials say reform of the worldwide forum, not withdrawal from it, is a top priority of his ambassador there.

That's especially true of the risky situation developing on the Korean peninsula, where Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been waging an increasingly shrill war of words in recent weeks that raises the likelihood of a catastrophic miscalculation that could plunge both countries into a war neither wants.

Haley, the 45-year-old former SC governor, has proven to be a high-profile member of Trump's administration, at times overshadowing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp, despite her lack of previous foreign policy experience, diplomats say.

On Monday, Trump is set to address a USA -sponsored event on reforming the 193-member organization he has sharply criticized.

On that front, the U.S. and the United Nations could find a working formula, Mr Gowan said.

The key sentiment shared by officials from North America, Europe, Africa and Asia was relief that Trump was actually coming to the United Nations and taking part in the General Assembly.

Guterres, who is pushing for an overhaul of the United Nations bureaucracy, will also address the event at which leaders will sign a pledge of support for reform. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) predicted based on her discussions with the president that Trump's administration could lead to a new era of bipartisanship.

North Korea is expected to be key among the issues he discusses with tensions reaching a new peak.

"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. UN Staff and management both agreed on the policy, contained in a bulletin that was just issued, which meets best practices. The U.S has yet to make its payment this year, leading some in the U.N.to be fearful that it may slash its contribution. "He just needs to stay on script".

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