PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It's my great honor to be with the Emir of Qatar. And we've been friends a long time; people don't realize that. We know each other for a long time.
The United States, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom co-hosted a meeting on reform of the UN Human Rights Council on the margins of the UN General Assembly on September 19, 2017.
Last night, President Donald J. Trump hosted a working dinner in New York with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina. President Trump thanked the Latin American leaders for their advocacy in support of the Venezuelan people and condemnation of the Maduro dictatorship.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.
Live at the White House for a special report tonight. The focus of the Trump administration this week: international relations.
Today, we had a productive meeting about the dire situation in Burma. However, we're still not seeing the improvements on the ground, and we continue to hear reports of violence and suffering. People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, everyone. It's a great honor. I had a long conversation with President Xi of China this morning. We discussed some of the obvious things, and we discussed trade, and we also discussed a place called North Korea. It was a long call. It was a very good call. We have a very, very fine relationship, and let's see what happens. I think we're making great progress.
Good afternoon. I want to express my appreciation to the United Nations for hosting us today. My thanks also go to my friend, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, for chairing this meeting and for Norway’s strong and determined leadership on this critical issue.
A year ago, this same collective of likeminded states from the region, from the international community met in this same place – I think in the same room – to review the situation in Syria. And every party present reflected on the distinct difference between this meeting and that meeting a year ago. The situation in Syria a year ago was marked with rampant violence, a humanitarian disaster, displaced person flight. It was a crisis, it was chaos, and it showed no prospect of improving in any of those dimensions. The need for a political resolution was clear a year ago, but that path to a political resolution couldn’t be advanced while the violence was as profound as was the case then.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a high-level event hosted by President Donald J. Trump on “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development.” Ambassador Haley welcomed representatives from the Member States that have signed a Declaration of Support for United Nations Reform, declaring their commitment to supporting the Secretary-General’s reform initiatives.