President makes United Nations debut as North Korea's nuclear program takes center stage

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

BEIJING/WASHINGTON-Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke about keeping pressure on North Korea with economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

He assured Trump and member states that he would focus more on "delivery and less on bureaucracy".

Trump's praise of the United Nations mission was a marked departure from his broadsides during the presidential campaign. "They deserve to see the value in the United Nations, and it is our job to show it to them".

Trump World Tower is across the street from the United Nations headquarters on 1st Avenue in Manhattan.

Rebuking the United Nations for a ballooning budget, Trump said, "In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential due to bureaucracy and mismanagement".

Said Trump on March 30, 2016, then a USA presidential candidate: "What do we get out of the United Nations?". The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Sunday said that Trump wants the world body to be efficient and effective.

Despite his skepticism about the value of global organizations and the United Nations in particular, Trump will seek support for tough measures against North Korea, while pressing his "America First" message to the world body.

On Monday, the President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emanuel Macron.

Mr Trump will also express concern about Iran in his speech.

Guterres meanwhile said he shared Trump's vision for a less wasteful United Nations to "live up to its full potential".

Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier on Monday and committed to keep up pressure on North Korea by enforcing United Nations resolutions, the White House said.

"I will defend America's interests above all else", he said.

Before Trump's speech, some weighed in with advice for the president, including Delaware Democratic Sen.

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