President Donald Trump has officially talked with the United Nations today, after calling the group nothing but a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.” People were surprised to see him take the time to talk to them considering what he has said in the past. And he is not wrong for a lot of the UN. In years past, it seems like the UN is just a way to take advantage of large powerhouses like the United States. That is what Trump does not like.
From talking about sanctions on North Korea and what they can do to uniting a deal with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres over removing wasteful peacekeeping programs, the Trump administration and UN officials have found agreement that many people didn’t see coming.
“The Korean crisis has focused U.S. attention on the value of the Security Council,” noted Richard Gowan. He is a UN expert working for the European Council on Foreign Relations. “The irony is that the Trump administration now really needs a functional UN to help it deal with the biggest threat on its agenda.”
But Trump could easily deal with North Korea on his own. He does not need something like the UN to help him. But there are other things on the horizon. He called for the bureaucracy of the UN to overhaul its self, something that has not happened in more than 70 years of existence.
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“That’s why we commend the secretary general and his call for the United Nations to focus more on people and less on bureaucracy,” Trump said. “We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world. In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistle-blowers and focus on results rather than on process.”
What Trump said was polite but he likewise got a very important message across. It was a message he has been wanting to get across for a very long time. The UN needs work and before than happens, it will be outdated and hard to work with.