Looking at the president's first speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
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The Wall Street Journal: Trump, in U.N. Speech, Takes Aim at North Korea, Iran — "The president started his speech in the measured language that many in America’s foreign policy establishment have urged Mr. Trump to utilize more often, but also peppered his speech with the more colorful rhetoric that defined his political rise. Aside from referring to North Korea's leader as "Rocket Man," he also referred to “loser terrorists” that must be wiped out from the world and pledged to stop “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase he criticized Barack Obama for not using during his time as president."
The Washington Post: In U.N. Speech, Trump Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy North Korea’ ... — "The president's address was highly anticipated around the world for signs of how his administration would engage with the United Nations after he had criticized the organization during his campaign as being bloated and ineffective, and threatened to slash U.S. funding. Trump offered a hand to fellow leaders but also called on them to embrace “national sovereignty” and to do more to ensure the prosperity and security of their own countries. Over and over, he stressed the rights and roles of “strong, sovereign nations” even as they band together at the United Nations." http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/09/19/president-trump-un-speech
This segment aired on September 19, 2017.
HISTORY WILL BITE TRUMP IN THE ASS
The UN has always had problems with members refusing to pay the assessment levied upon them under the United Nations Charter. But the most significant refusal in recent times has been that of the U.S. Since 1985 the U.S. Congress has refused to authorize payment of the U.S. dues, in order to force UN compliance with U.S. wishes, as well as a reduction in the U.S. assessment.
After prolonged negotiations, the U.S. and the UN negotiated an agreement whereby the United States would pay a large part of the money it owes, and in exchange the UN would reduce the assessment rate ceiling from 25% to 22%. The reduction in the assessment rate ceiling was among the reforms contained in the 1999 Helms-Biden legislation, which links payment of $926 million in U.S. arrears to the UN and other international organizations to a series of reform benchmarks.
U.S. arrears to the UN currently total over $1.3 billion. Of this, $612 million is payable under Helms-Biden. The remaining $700 million result from various legislative and policy withholdings; at present, there are no plans to pay these amounts.
Under Helms-Biden, the U.S. paid $100 million in arrears to the UN in December 1999; release of the next $582 million awaits a legislative revision to Helms-Biden, necessary because the benchmark requiring a 25 percent peacekeeping assessment rate ceiling was not quite achieved. The U.S. also seeks elimination of the legislated 25 percent cap on U.S. peacekeeping payments in effect since 1995, which continues to generate additional UN arrears. Of the final $244 million under Helms-Biden, $30 million is payable to the UN and $214 million to other international organizations