United Nations

The United Nations, founded in 1945, is a forum for communication between its 193 Member States, one of which is the United States. The mission and work of the United Nations is to "take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more...[it provides] a mechanism for governments to find areas of agreement and solve problems together." Source: The United Nations.

See also U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.



Trump expresses disdain for the United Nations and its work around the world. His focus, as expressed in his Inaugural Address, is on the U.S.: " From this day forward, it's going to be only America firstAmerica first." (Source: Transcript of Inaugural Address at NPR.org). Some interpret this phrase, often repeated during the campaign, as a push for nationalism rather than global engagement. In a nod to international partners, Trump added: "We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world. But we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first." (Source: Transcript of Inaugural Address at NPR.org). 


In opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report, Vesselin Popovski discusses fundamental conflicts between the U.N. and Trump:

The new American president's isolationism and protectionism goes against everything that the U.N. is about: openness, free trade, international cooperation. Some of Trump's statements – that torture works, that refugees should be denied entry, that Muslims should be subject to extreme vetting – contradict principles globally accepted by the United Nations 70 years ago.

He also suggests ways in which the U.N. might be able to adapt to Trump: 

To avoid confrontation and seek constructive cooperation, Guterres could pursue issues of mutual concern, for example peacekeeping, combating drug trafficking and human trafficking...He should also try to properly frame critical issues in ways that resonate with reasonable people in Trump administration.