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

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

The president says he wants the United Nations to get a lot leaner on budgets and bureaucracy.and to spread the cost of the United Nations around much more.

Washington, the biggest United Nations financial contributor, has threatened deep funding cuts that Guterres has said would create an "unsolvable problem" for the organization.

Guterres appeared to agree with the United States president's criticism, saying that excessive red tape held back the worldwide body.

"I know that under the secretary-general, that's changing and it's changing fast and we've seen it", he said.

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. Trump had once described the United Nations as "a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time".

The US president is scheduled to separately meet with leaders of Israel and France later on Monday, with an expected focus on the Middle East, and Iran in particular. India s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin on Saturday said India wants these reforms to be broad-based and all encompassing.

Todays closed meeting was strictly a one-on-one affair with leaders signing onto a USA drafted 10-point political declaration backing efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "to initiate effective, meaningful reform".

The president said the push must "hold every level of management accountable".

Trump, who will address the General Assembly on Tuesday, also said none of the 193 member nations should shoulder a "disproportionate share of the burden - militarily or financially".

The president has previously called for more USA policymaking on a bilateral basis and criticized organizations like the United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the UN General Assembly when Trump talks about the escalating crisis between the two nations. It will be closely watched for signals of USA intentions on the United Nations, and its policy on North Korea, Iran, Syria and Russian Federation, among others.

When asked if the UN refugee agency could perform its current missions if the United States cut its voluntary contributions to the budget, according to a pool report Grandi answered: "I would say no".

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