United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres held a brief first meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House, ahead of a visit of Security Council Ambassadors to Washington next week. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief had an interesting and constructive discussion on cooperation between the United States and the United Nations.
UN Security Council Ambassadors will hold a luncheon meeting with Trump on Monday and meet with US lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Those meetings are likely to focus on North Korea, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US cuts to UN funding that have raised concerns about the US administration’s support for the world body.
Dujarric declined to give details about discussions about US funding, but stressed the importance of the first high- level exchange with the US administration. It remains unclear whether Trump will attend the General Assembly high-level debate in September, which would see him deliver his first address at the United Nations.