Striking a pose – Trump makes his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations taking his complaints about the world body straight to the source.

In his first appearance as president, Trump on Monday addressed a U.S.-sponsored event on reforming the 193-member organization he has sharply criticized.

As a candidate for president, Trump labeled the U.N. as weak and incompetent, and not a friend of either the United States or Israel. But he has softened his tone since taking office, telling ambassadors from U.N. Security Council member countries at a White House meeting this year that the U.N. has “tremendous potential.”

Trump more recently has praised a pair of unanimous council votes to tighten sanctions on North Korea over its continued nuclear weapon and ballistic missile tests.

Trump’s big moment comes Tuesday, when he delivers his first address to a session of the U.N. General Assembly. The annual gathering of world leaders will open amid serious concerns about Trump’s priorities, including his policy of “America First,” his support for the U.N. and a series of global crises. It will be the first time world leaders will be in the same room and able to take the measure of Trump. (AP)

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Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump arrives at the United Nations, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Richard Drew/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump arrives for the “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” meeting during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump participates in a photo before the beginning of the “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” meeting during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump sits with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a photo before the “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” meeting during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

United States President Donald Trump speaks with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley before a meeting during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

United States President Donald Trump, right, pats United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ arm before a meeting during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

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. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

United States President Donald Trump, center, gets up to leave after making a quick statement at a meeting during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

United States President Donald Trump, center, makes his way through diplomats and others after a meeting during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump walks down the stairs as he leaves the United Nations headquarters, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Richard Drew/AP)

Striking a pose – Trump make his United Nations debut

President Donald Trump stops to talk to the media as he leaves the United Nations headquarters, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Richard Drew/AP)

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