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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

President Trump at the UN: immense pressure for reforms and cost-cutting

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London...

President Trump, who has never been a big fan of the UN, did not shy away from his core belief about the organization in his opening remark on Monday. He contradicted his own ambassador’s view of the organization in her opening speech, that the latter got ‘tremendous potential’.

Mr Trump reminded the audience of heads of state, who gathered for the occasion where the real potential lies – his real estate business, just across the street. Mr Trump, however, added that the presence of the UN gave his business the potential to thrive in New York.

After a brief opening remark, President Trump got down to business: he said that the UN should focus more on people and less on bureaucracy; he went on to say that no one member should share the burden, both financially and militarily.

On Tuesday, President is going to deliver a relatively long address as the president of the US for the first time.
Among many issues that he is going to focus on, North Korean missile threat, Iranian nuclear deal, climate change, China’s ambitious island making mission, the turmoil in the Middle East, refugee crisis and terrorism are going to dominate the speech.

“In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement, while the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 per cent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000,” said Mr Trump.

Having identified the causes that make the UN irrelevant in the 21st century, President Trump boldly declared the remedy: “I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just and greater force for peace and harmony in the world,” said Mr Trump.

President Trump has not much deviated from the position he held of the UN during the election campaign, though; UN, just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump is going to deliver his longer speech in which he may outline his vision for the organization and how to lessen the financial burden on US tax payers in running the organization.

- Asian Tribune -

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