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Trump hails the ‘unlimited potential’ of the UN at a luncheon

President Donald Trump gave a toast during a luncheon at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
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President Donald Trump gave a toast during a luncheon at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump hailed the ‘‘unlimited potential’’ of the United Nations at a luncheon.

Trump says at the Tuesday gathering hosted by the U.N. secretary general that he has been a critic, but has ‘‘also been someone that said the United Nations has tremendous potential.’’

Trump sat at the head table with leaders from Lithuania, Turkey, Guinea, Liberia, Jordan, South Korea, Ecuador, Switzerland and Japan.

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Trump, who gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, toasted to the ‘‘great, great potential of the United Nations.’’

Trump frequently belittled the U.N. as a candidate. And some aides within his White House believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes on the sovereignty of individual countries.