Trump issues fresh attack on UN

Trump issues fresh attack on UN
"The UN had such tremendous potential. (It is) not living up to its potential," Trump told reporters at his Florida holiday resort Mar-a-Lago.
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US President-elect Donald Trump launched a fresh salvo of accusations against the United Nations Wednesday, saying the world body had not lived up to its potential and failed to solve global problems.

"The UN had such tremendous potential. (It is) not living up to its potential," Trump told reporters at his Florida holiday resort Mar-a-Lago.

"When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don't. They cause problems."

The international institution, set up amid the ashes of World War II includes the World Health Organisation, which helped eradicate small pox, and the Security Council, which was frozen by divisions as Syria plunged into chaos.

"If it lives up to the potential, it's a great thing. If it doesn't, it's a waste of time and money," Trump said.

Japan's PM Abe meets with US President-elect Donald Trump

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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York.

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    Photos of US President-elect Donald Trump's landmark first talks with a foreign leader show his daughter Ivanka was present, underscoring the family's influence as he readies to take power.

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    In the meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the mogul's Trump Plaza residence on Thursday, Ivanka - a model-turned-business executive - was seen seated as the group conversed in the opulent reception room.

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    Media were shut out of the gathering in Manhattan, but images released by the Japanese government also showed Ivanka and her husband, real estate developer and publisher Jared Kushner, standing and chatting with Abe.

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    Ivanka and Kushner, both 35, have emerged as key advisers to Trump, who shocked the world by beating Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8 election.

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    "We were able to have a very candid talk over a substantial amount of time. We held it in a very warm atmosphere," Abe told reporters after their meeting at the billionaire's Manhattan skyscraper.

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    World leaders have scrambled to establish ties with Trump but Abe was the first to see him in person since a vote that has provoked anxiety over US foreign policy and Washington's commitment to security in Asia.

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    Abe told reporters afterwards that the encounter convinced him the US president-elect was someone "in whom I can have great confidence".

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His comments came as incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he wants to meet Trump "as soon as possible" and is "determined to establish a constructive dialogue with the new US administration."

The former Portuguese prime minister takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1.

Trump takes office on January 20.

Read also: Trump says UN a club for people to have a good time, after UN's Israeli vote

 

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