Bureaucracy and mismanagement holding United Nations back, says Trump

Bureaucracy and mismanagement holding United Nations back, says Trump

President Trump arrives Monday at his first United Nations General Assembly on a mission to cultivate friendships and call out enemies, officials said, with a plan to aggressively put his "America First" agenda into action on the world stage.

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.

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.

Mr Trump's speech is also unlikely to include any earth-shattering announcements of the kind made by the late former PLO leader Yasser Arafat in his 1974 speech when he extended an "olive branch" to the United Nations body.

Mr Trump may steal the limelight at this year's General Assembly in the absence of other key world leaders, including Russian president Vladimir Putin, Chinese president Xi Jinping and German chancellor Angela Merkel. That's what makes this such a perilous moment.

Mr Trump has been a harsh critic of the United Nations, but with world leaders and foreign ministers, including Australia's Julie Bishop, looking on inside the UN's packed Economic and Social Council Chamber the president did soften his words. 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. "World leaders still wake up in the morning if they happen to be a friend of the president of the United States, [and] they also wonder what does it mean to be a friend of the president", said Jon Alterman, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

"We really have to move with a great deal of urgency, on sanctions, on diplomacy and on preparing, if necessary, a military option", McMaster said.

Tree cutting in Katahdin Monument has Zinke's support
That includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument - the first marine monument established in the Atlantic. In the report , Zinke notes that public comments received "were overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining existing monuments".

"I think that most of you know how I feel", Trump said of the topic, which is sure to come up both in bilateral discussions throughout the week and Trump's highly anticipated remarks to the group Tuesday.

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. He also blasted the Iran nuclear agreement.

"Trump is easily flattered, and may enjoy all the global attention he gets in NY", he told The National.

More than 120 countries were invited to attend Monday's reform meeting after signing on to a USA -drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "to initiate effective, meaningful reform".

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.

They say together they will look for ways to support the governments in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop the flow of foreign fighters and their exportation of terror back to their home countries, and resolve the bloody conflict in Syria that has allowed terrorist groups to thrive in the heart of the Middle East. "We've passed two resolutions on North Korea just in the last month".

"And so there is going to be a chorus of voices both from Asia and beyond arguing that we still have to give talks a chance", he said of the NY gathering.

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