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Trump Plugs His Tower Near The U.N. During First U.N. Speech

Trump lunching with UN Security Council Ambassadors at the White House in April.
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Trump lunching with UN Security Council Ambassadors at the White House in April. Getty

President Trump is at the United Nations today ahead of his speech before the General Assembly on Tuesday. And right before he started talking about what a disappointment the U.N. has been, Trump plugged his building across the street.

Trump opened his first speech to the United Nations with a reference to Trump World Tower, which is located at 845 United Nations Plaza and opened in 2001. "I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you," Trump said. "And it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project."

Trump then went on to criticize the U.N. "In recent years, the United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement," he said. "While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140% and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment."

He also praised U.N. Secretary General António Guterres "for his call for the UN to focus more on people & less on bureaucracy."

As a candidate, Trump wasn't much of a fan of the United Nations, and in March his administration told the State Department to cut over 50 percent of U.S. funding to U.N. programs.

A fun fact about Trump World Tower: Saudi Arabia bought the building's 45th floor for $4.5 million, and uses it as part of its United Nations mission.

Here's the full speech:

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