In our news wrap Monday, President Trump attended his first U.N. General Assembly and spoke at a meeting on U.N. reform. Despite widely criticizing the organization as a candidate, he said the U.S. will work with the Secretary General António Guterres to make changes. Also, the president spoke with Chinese leader Xi Jinping by phone about enforcing new sanctions for North Korea.
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For President Trump today, it was the kickoff of his first United Nations General Assembly. As a candidate, he had roundly criticized the world body. Today, he spoke at a meeting on U.N. reform, and said the U.S. will work with Secretary-General António Guterres to make changes.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:
The United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement.
While the United Nations on a regular budget has increased by 140 percent and its staff has more than doubled since 2000, we are not seeing the results in line with this investment, but I know that, under the secretary-general, that’s changing, and it’s changing fast.
The president also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and talked again of trying for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Mr. Trump addresses the full General Assembly tomorrow.
The president also spoke with Chinese leader Xi Jinping by phone about enforcing new sanctions on North Korea. This came as the North warned that new pressure will only increase its drive to develop more nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, in live drills, the U.S. military sent a pair of B-1B bombers and F-35 stealth fighters over South Korea. It was the second such flight in recent weeks.
Hurricane Maria has closed in on the Eastern Caribbean tonight, threatening the very same islands wrecked by Hurricane Irma. By this evening, the storm was passing Martinique with winds of 130 miles an hour, making it a Category 4 storm and still growing. The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are in the projected path tomorrow and Wednesday.
There are new signs of recovery today in Florida, a week after Hurricane Irma swept the state. Schools in Miami-Dade and Broward County reopened for more than 600,000 students. Other systems, and some colleges, remain closed.
In the hard-hit Florida Keys, Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price warned today of potential dangers to those returning.
TOM PRICE, Secretary of Health and Human Services:
There’s mold challenges. There are the marine life that — and diseases that occur. So they need to take precautions, simple wearing of gloves, making certain that when they are moving debris that they are being cautious and that they are not inhabiting a place that is uninhabitable.
Utility crews have restored power to the great majority of those who lost it during the storm, but nearly 800,000 people remained in the dark today.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be downsized. It’s widely reported the sites are Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. They cover more than three million acres, as well as two others in Nevada and Oregon.
Zinke also recommended lifting curbs on logging and mining at several other sites. Environmentalists have condemned the proposal. President Trump has said designating these monuments amounted to a federal land grab.
On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 63 points to close at 22331. The Nasdaq rose six points, and the S&P 500 added three.
And some history was made at the 69th annual Emmy Awards last night. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which was shown on Hulu, won for best drama series. It’s the first such award for a video streaming service.
And Lena Waithe became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for best comedy-writing, for the show “Master of None.”
HBO’s political satire “Veep” won best comedy, and “Saturday Night Live” won nine awards, the most of the evening.