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The 72nd Regular Session of the U.N. General Assembly began on Monday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. There, President Donald Trump gave his first speech to U.N. General Assembly alongside U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.

Here are 6 things you should know about the session:

  1. The General Assembly is one of six sectors to the United Nations. It is comprised of 193 member states, or countries, that are equally represented.

  2. The agenda for the 72nd Regular Session of the U.N. General Assembly is primarily focused on people, development, education and the environment.

  3. Miroslav Lajčák is the current President of United Nations General Assembly. He is a Slovak diplomat and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Slovakia.

  4. President Donald Trump is expounding on the opportunity represent the United States at the U.N. General Assembly by giving his remarks during the opening statements and during the regular session and also to meet with foreign leaders from around the world.

  5. During his speech on Monday, President Trump criticized the U.N. for being overrun with bureaucracy and unorganized leadership in the last decade. POTUS also stated, “the United Nations has not reaching its full potential.” He also emphasized his support to make the U.N. more effective.

  6. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley commented on President Trump’s criticisms on Monday by supporting his statements to create a more efficient and “action-oriented” U.N. Haley also stated cutting costs for the United States to the U.N. budget is a top priority, considering the U.S. contributes the largest amount of money to the operating budget – nearly 25%.

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