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The Latest: Trump calls for reform at UN

President Donald Trump speaks during the “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” meeting during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. From left, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Trump, UN Ambassador Nicky Haley, White House chief of staff John Kelly, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

President Donald Trump is pressing the need for reform at the United Nations as he speaks at a meeting on U.N. reform ahead of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

He is applauding efforts by the secretary general to reform the organization “so that it better serves the people we all represent.”

Trump adds that the U.N. “has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.”

He says the group spends too much money and has too many staffers, and declares: “We are not seeing results in line with this investment.”

He also says no member state should shoulder a disproportionate share of the cost.

Trump’s first appearance before the organization is at a U.S.-sponsored event on reforming the 193-member organization.


4:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is plunging into a foreign policy-focused week that will be anchored by his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.

Trump planned Monday to address a U.S.-sponsored event on reforming the 193-member world body.

Trump criticized the U.N. during the presidential campaign as weak and incompetent, but has softened his tone since taking office. Trump wants the U.N. to cut spending and make other operational changes.

The president also meets separately Monday with the leaders of Israel and France, and hosts Latin American leaders for dinner.