Trump toasts to 'great, great potential' of UN

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE on Tuesday delivered a toast to the "great, great potential" of the United Nations after he delivered a fiery speech when addressing the body's General Assembly for the first time.

"Let's give this as a toast to the potential — the great, great potential — of the United Nations. Thank you all for being here. Thank you very much," Trump said as he raised a glass.

The president then appeared to hand off the glass to a waiter before taking his seat at a table, along with other foreign leaders and officials.

Trump, who has been highly critical of the U.N. in the past, delivered an address at the U.N. headquarters in New York earlier in the day where he promoted his "America first" agenda.


In his speech, Trump emphasized the importance of sovereignty and complained that the U.S. carried the brunt of the financial burden of the U.N.

But he also said that the U.S. would continue to support the global body "if it could actually accomplish its stated goals, especially the goal of peace."

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world and especially its allies," he said. "But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interest above all else."

Trump has long derided the U.N. as ineffective and incompetent, and has warned that it is at risk of becoming irrelevant. 

In his maiden address before the international body on Tuesday, Trump received the most attention over his threat to "totally destroy" North Korea if it continues to pursue nuclear weapons.