United Nations reform a top priority for Trump: Nikki Haley

Donald Trump is set to explain his foreign policy vision at the United Nations General Assembly next week

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"I personally think he slaps the right people, he hugs the right people, and he comes out with (the) United States being very strong, in the end", Haley, speaking at the White House, said of Trump's speech. Officials say 120 of the almost 200 United Nations member states will attend. "It is a facilitator".

"We're creating an opportunity, we're making the most of it, we're moving foreign policy, we're changing the way peacekeeping is done, we're really bringing up human rights", Haley said.

"The members are starting to get us to act, whether it is with United Nations reform, whether it's with peacekeeping, we are starting to see a lot of changes".

In April, Trump said the global body was an "underperformer, but has tremendous potential".

Trump has taken a dim view of global groups before.

"This is not the kind of environment he likes, but this is the kind of environment the USA president has to plunge into once a year", Alterman said.

And what have the USA and its allies achieved?

North Korea fired a missile Friday over Japan, its second launch over the country since Trump threatened in August to unleash "fire and fury" against Pyongyang if acts of aggression continued.

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On Monday, the president will host an event at United Nations headquarters with the intent of gaining support for his reform proposals. Many other countries want it as well.

The U.N. General Assembly general debate begins September 19.

The Security Council scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting Friday afternoon in NY.

"I'm a budget person". "We will defend our people, our nations, and our civilization, from all who dare to threaten our way of life". She expected a Trump call for maximum pressure on North Korea. He pledged to replace it with "beautiful large marble slabs" if asked.

McMaster underlined the importance of enforcing economic sanctions against North Korea which have been supported by the UN Security Council members.

Experts have long questioned if the USA could indeed attack North Korea, given its ability to cause massive casualties south of the border. Dearborn has since become a senior White House aide. And for those who have said and been commenting on the lack of a military option - there is a military option. That's going to take a bit of time, but it's already started to take effect. "It is not like any audience he's ever addressed before", Abrams said.

Another factor is Trump's famous unpredictability.

"Basically we have saved half a billion dollars in peacekeeping, but before anyone thinks that's a travesty, basically the way they handle peacekeeping in the past was if there was a challenged area they would throw more troops added", Haley said. Executive branch agencies (and their private contractors) sometimes resist accountability to congressional paymasters-to say nothing of their ultimate principals under the U.S. Constitution, the American people.

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