While controversial and complex, the United Nations holds an unquestioned place in history as the arena where world leaders meet despite their differences to sort out some of the most pressing and vital issues of our time.
So it should come as no surprise that President Trump used the occasion of his first remarks at the U.N. to talk about his own business “accomplishments.” (Video below.)
“I actually saw great potential right across the street to be honest with you and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that [Trump’s East Side Manhattan building project] turned out to be such a successful project,” Trump said.
Despite Trump’s shameless self-promotion, it could have been worse.
Last year, Trump blasted the U.N. on multiple occasions, even saying last March, “The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom. It’s not a friend even to the United States of America.”
He softened the rhetoric this year, but continued his schtick of complaints and finger-pointing without offering better solutions.
“In recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement,” Trump said. He called on the organization to invest “more in people and less in bureaucracy” — stock business speak that sounds good and means nothing.
Trump is serving us a constant reminder that while career politicians can be problematic, there are definitely worse things.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com