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Pool report #2
Sarah Westwood • Washington Examiner
April 24, 2017: 12:03 PM


Pool was ushered into the State Dining room at 11:49 am after holding in the East and Red Rooms for about 25 minutes.

POTUS entered about a minute later with Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is doing a "fantastic job," POTUS said.

"A very very important and powerful group of people." POTUS said as he greeted the ambassadors.

"You know they were going to leave out the spouses," POTUS joked while welcoming the ambassador's husbands and wives.

POTUS gave brief remarks:

"You're going to be very busy people over the coming months and years."

"The United Nations doesn't like taking on certain problems." POTUS referenced the chemical weapons attack in Syria as an example.

"I encourage the security council to come together to take action all of these many threats."

POTUS cited North Korea as "a real threat to the world."

"North Korea is a big world problem...people have put blinders on for decades."

POTUS spoke of funding for the United Nations: "We must also take a close look at the UN budget. Costs have absolutely gone out of control."

"I must say, I'm a budget person...but if you do a good job at the United Nations," POTUS said, he would be less concerned about the budget costs.

"We need the member states to come together to eliminate inefficiencies and bloat."

"I also want to say to you that I have long felt that the United Nations is an underperformer, but has tremendous potential."

POTUS had more praise for Ambassador Haley at the end of his remarks:

"I'm so happy with the job that Nikki is doing."

"I'm a very blunt person, if she didn't like you I would tell you right now," POTUS joked after explaining that Haley had given him a briefing on each ambassador before the lunch.

Pool saw Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner take seats at the table as well.

The White House informed the pool that they would soon provide a list of participants.



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