President-elect Donald Trump continued to berate the United Nations on Wednesday, saying the organization is causing problems rather than solving them and that it will be “a waste of time and money” if it doesn’t start living up to its potential.
“There is such tremendous potential, but it is not living up,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. “When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don't. They cause problems.”
“So, if it lives up to the potential, it's a great thing,” Trump added. “And if it doesn't, it's a waste of time and money.”
Trump has been harshly critical of the U.N. in the wake of last week’s adoption of a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Trump had advocated for the United States to block the move.
Instead, President Obama instructed U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to abstain from voting, on the grounds that the Israeli government’s continued support for expanding Jewish settlements in Palestinian territory could undermine any prospect of eventually reaching a two-state solution to the simmering conflict.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry elaborated on the Obama administration’s position during a speech on Wednesday.