Donald Trump has described the United Nations as being just a club for people to have a good time, after the U.N. Security Council voted last week to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
And on Friday, Mr Trump warned, As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th, referring to the day he takes office.
The decision by the Obama administration to abstain from Friday’s U.N. vote brushed aside Mr Trump’s demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel’s leadership.
Meanwhile, the billionaire businessman took to Twitter Monday evening to say he believes his election as president has benefited the economy.
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The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope,” he said in a verified post on his Twitter account. “Now, the market is up nearly 10 per cent and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars.
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Mr Trump has previously told The Associated Press – a year ago – that he wanted to be very neutral on Israel-Palestinian issues.
But his tone became decidedly more pro-Israel as the presidential campaign progressed.
He has spoken disparagingly of Palestinians, saying they have been taken over by or are condoning militant groups.
Mr Trump’s tweet Monday about the U.N. dismissed much of the work that goes on in the 193-member global organization.
This year the U.N. Security Council has approved over 70 legally binding resolutions, including new sanctions on North Korea and measures tackling conflicts and authorizing the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations around the world.