“I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project,” the president said shortly after starting his speech.
Trump World Tower is across the street from the United Nations headquarters on 1st Avenue in Manhattan. It is a residential building completed in 2001.
Trump addressed members of the United Nations on Monday and is expected to address the full assembly on Tuesday. During his speech, Trump criticized the “bureaucracy and mismanagement” within the international governing body, adding that it has yet to reach its “full potential.” He also called for the protection of whistleblowers.
“We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world,” Trump said. “In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers, and focus on results rather than on process.”
The president said he supported reform at the U.N.
Before addressing the United Nations, Trump also had a bit of trouble with the microphone. Shortly before speaking, Trump asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about how to turn his mic on and off. While attempting to turn it off, Trump inadvertently turned it on, broadcasting his question to Guterres.
“Does red mean it’s on, or it’s off?” he said.