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Trump says UN just a club for people to 'have a good time'

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Donald Trump

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP):

Donald Trump is questioning the effectiveness of the United Nations (UN), saying it is just a club for people to "have a good time," after the UN Security Council voted last week to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem,

The president-elect wrote Monday on Twitter that the UN has "such great potential," but it has become "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!"

On Friday, Trump warned, "As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th," referring to the day 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.

That was only one subject on which Trump tweeted Monday. In an evening post, he wrote that he believes his election as president has boosted the economy.

"The world was gloomy before I won there was no hope," he said in a verified post on his Twitter account. "Now, the market is up nearly 10 per cent and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars."

Markets are up since Trump won the general election, although not quite by that much. The Standard & Poor's 500 is up about six per cent since Election Day, while the Dow has risen more than eight per cent.

As for holiday spending, auditing and accounting firm Deloitte projected in September that total 2016 holiday sales were expected to exceed US$1 trillion, representing a 3.6 per cent to 4.0 per cent increase in holiday sales from November through January.

Trump also used social media to complain anew about criticism of the Donald J. Trump Foundation. In one post, he said, "The DJT Foundation, unlike most foundations, never paid fees, rent, salaries or any expenses. 100 percent of the money goes to wonderful charities."

He also tweeted that "I gave millions of dollars to DJT Foundation, raised or received millions more. ALL of which is given to charity, and media won't report."

Trump had said Saturday that he wanted to dissolve his charitable foundation amid efforts to eliminate any conflicts of interest before he takes office next month.