USA TODAY – DAVID JACKSON
President Trump began his first United Nations trip on Monday by calling on the international body to improve the way it does business, and to have it pay more of the costs for joint projects like peacekeeping.
“In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump told delegates from other countries, calling on the organization to invest “more in people and less in bureaucracy.”
Trump, a long-time critic of the U.N., also made reference to his frequent campaign trail complaint that the United States bears an oversized share of the costs for U.N. activities. “We must ensure that no one and no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden,” Trump said, “and that’s militarily or financially.”
The U.S. covers about 22% of the U.N. budget.
Speaking for about four minutes at his first United Nations event, Trump said he wants to change “business as usual,” and see the organization develop unspecified “metrics” by which it can measure its management and efforts to promote peace and security.