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Thursday 2 March 2017
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Donald Trump says UN “just a club for people”, to have good time

President elect Donald Trump slammed the United Nations in a tweet on Moday, just days after the UN voted to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Trump, tweeted on Monday that the international body (UN) “is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.”

The harsh criticism, which Trump made Monday while vacationing at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, signaled he would likely challenge more than just the 71-year-old institution’s approach to the Middle East once he takes office.

The decision by the Obama administration to abstain from Friday’s UN vote brushed aside Trump’s demands that the US exercise its veto+ and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel’s leadership.

After the Security Council voted Trump had warned, “As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” which is the day he will assume the presidency.

Trump tweeted later on Monday, “The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10 percent and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!”