US President Donald Trump has delivered a curt adress to the United Nations in his first visit to its New York headquarters.
The President arrived late to the panel, ahead of his debut address to the general assembly, then criticised the UN for mismanagement and called for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a stronger force for world peace.
President Trump kept his remarks extremely short, with his whole address to the 120 invitees only four minutes long.
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“The United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process,” he said.
“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.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2017
President Trump continued to be highly critical of the US paying a disproportionate amount of money to the UN.
Earlier this year, he proposed a bid to cut $1.3 billion from the UN’s peacekeeping budget.
The United States is the biggest UN contributor providing 22 per cent of its biennial core budget and 28.5 per cent of its peacekeeping budget.
He’ll make his debut formal address to the General Assembly on Tuesday and is expected to speak about North Korea, Myanmar and extreme weather events.