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,” Mr 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.”
“If it lives up to the potential, it’s a great thing. If it doesn’t, it’s a waste of time and money,” Mr Trump said. Incoming UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said he wants to meet Mr Trump “as soon as possible” and is “determined to establish a constructive dialogue with the new US administration”.
“I had an excellent working meeting with President Putin and I hope this will also be the case with Donald Trump,” he told Portuguese television channel SIC in an interview Wednesday.
“It is certainly in my interest to visit him as soon as possible,” said the UN diplomat who replaces Ban Ki-moon.