Trump dismisses United Nations as a club to ‘have a good time’

President-elect’s disparagement of the United Nations comes on the heels of Security Council’s rebuke


 
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. More than 20,000 tickets have been distributed for the event.  (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on September 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. More than 20,000 tickets have been distributed for the event. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Days after the United Nations voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, Donald Trump questioned its effectiveness Monday, saying it’s just a club for people to “have a good time.”

The president-elect wrote on Twitter that the U.N. has “such great potential,” but it has become “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

On Friday, Trump warned, “As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” referring to the day he takes office.

The decision by the Obama administration to abstain from Friday’s U.N. vote brushed aside Trump’s demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel’s leadership.

Trump told The Associated Press last December that he wanted to be “very neutral” on Israel-Palestinian issues. But his tone became decidedly more pro-Israel as the presidential campaign progressed. He has spoken disparagingly of Palestinians, saying they have been “taken over” by or are condoning militant groups.

Trump’s tweet Monday about the U.N. ignores much of the work that goes on in the 193-member global organization.

This year the U.N. Security Council has approved over 70 legally binding resolutions, including new sanctions on North Korea and measures tackling conflicts and authorizing the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations around the world. The General Assembly has also approved dozens of resolutions on issues, like the role of diamonds in fuelling conflicts; condemned human rights abuses in Iran and North Korea; and authorized an investigation of alleged war crimes in Syria.

Trump’s criticism of the U.N. is by no means unique. While the organization does engage in large-scale humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts, its massive bureaucracy has long been a source of controversy. The organization has been accused by some Western governments of being inefficient and frivolous, while developing nations have said it is overly influenced by wealthier nations.

Trump tweeted later Monday, “The world was gloomy before I won—there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10 per cent and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!”

Markets are up since Trump won the general election, although not quite by that much. The Standard & Poor’s 500 is up about 6 per cent since Election Day, while the Dow has risen more than 8 per cent.

As for holiday spending, auditing and accounting firm Deloitte projected in September that total 2016 holiday sales were expected to exceed $1 trillion, representing a 3.6 per cent to 4.0 per cent increase in holiday sales from November through January.

Finally, Trump took to Twitter again late Monday to complain about media coverage of his charitable foundation. He wrote that of the “millions of dollars” he has contributed to or raised for the Donald J. Trump Foundation, all of it “is given to charity, and media won’t report.”

Trump said Saturday he will dissolve his charitable foundation before taking office to avoid conflicts of interest. The New York attorney general’s office has been investigating the foundation following media reports that foundation spending went to benefit Trump’s campaign.

The president-elect is spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. He had no public schedule Monday.


 

Trump dismisses United Nations as a club to ‘have a good time’

  1. American jealousy

  2. Now that Mr. Trump vacations in ‘Xanadu’, the world is no longer watching, just waiting. I’m going to put on my clairvoyant hat now, impeachment before Trump’s first year ends, in office. And if Mr’ Trump is that serious about terrorism, he should start with the city of Chicago, 40 people shot to death since the start of the holiday. Once Trump is sworn in as president, he will be under the oath of the country, and if one thing Trump is good at, it is ‘Lying’, lets see how often he decides to break the oath of the office of the POTUS. Lying to your voters can get you impeachment, just ask Nixon, “I’m not a Crook”.

    • I think you are spot on- although it might take a little longer than a year. Of course the old GOP people are busily collecting data on Trump- and it shouldn’t be too hard. They would love a nice, malleable President- predictably Republican- like Pence- and will do everything they can to facilitate that.
      Of course they have to convince Trump Nation.
      My bet is a little more than one year- but less than two!

  3. Trump may be too much of a nationalist for the UN — I personally find Trudeau to be too much of a globalist. It’s embarrassing to witness Trudeau pandering to UN global politics. I would like to see Trudeau represent Canada more. We’ll have to wait and see how much Trump stands up for the USA.

    • The idea is not to ‘stand up’ but to work together.

      Hence the name ‘United’ nations

      • Unfortunately we both know that it is not true. Witness Obama’s veto last week on UN Resolution 2334 which effectively gutted UN Resolution 242 (passed in 1967).

        With that veto Israel has lost its position in the mid-east. Israel has now been condemned on 19 resolutions (all other UN member states TOGETHER have been condemned on 9). One of those resolutions “Women’s Rights” — ONLY Israel ALONE has been condemned on of ALL the UN member states. You and I both know that is impossible! This is not “united”, this is not “standing together”. In one veto Obama has destroyed 50 years of painstaking diplomacy. And I am just scratching the surface on what the Obama lead US veto has done. Obama should have his Noble Peace prize taken away.