President Donald Trump contacts António Guterres

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Donald Trump and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres  have introduced each other over a  phone conversation. The two had “a very positive discussion on US/UN relations”, “This was an introductory phone call during which they had a very positive discussion on US/UN relations”, said a UN spokesperson.

From his part the secretary-general said that he looked forward to engaging with the president after his inauguration. Antonio Guterres , known for his charismatic, eloquent personality, has a long, solid experience running the UN High Commission for Refugees (2005 to 2015).

The new American President has indicated that his administration will be have a more critical approach  to the UN. Donald Trump tweeted recently, “The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”

The United States is the largest contributor to the United Nations, paying 22 percent of the $5.4 billion core U.N. budget and 28 percent of the $7.9 billion UN peacekeeping budget.

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

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