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Trump, Sessions Met in 2005 to Discuss UN

Trump, Sessions Met in 2005 to Discuss UN
Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions (AP)

By    |   Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:27 AM

President Donald Trump will meet with world leaders on Monday to discuss overhauling the United Nations, but he's been talking about it for years with a person who's now a member of his administration: Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions.

The relationship between the two is tense after Sessions recused himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference and possible collusion, with the 2016 election, reports Politico, but Sessions, as an Alabama Republican senator in 2005, was sure that Trump, then a New York real estate developer, was the only one who could successfully bring the U.N. up to date.

Sessions, through his chief of staff Rick Dearborn, asked Trump to testify before a Senate subcommittee against a proposed $1.2 billion loan to the U.N. to modernize its headquarters in Manhattan. Dearborn has since become a senior White House aide.

Sessions and Trump, joined by wife Melania, met over Subway sandwiches in Sessions' DC office to seal their alliance, according to Politico.

"One thing that Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions both have a great appreciation for is competence, and Sessions' admiration for Trump resulted from the level of the competence Trump exuded as a builder during his congressional testimony," a Trump administration official reported.

Trump, meanwhile, has vowed to minimize the United States' financial role in world affairs. According to two former White House officials, Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro and former strategist Steve Bannon both suggested that Trump renegotiate the United States' contributions to the International Monetary Fund and to the United Nations itself.

The president, making his first speech before the U.N. this week, will be in an institution that he derided as recently as December, tweeting that the U.N. is a "club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!"

Trump in 2005 claimed he could do the U.N. renovation project for $700 million, and claimed that anyone saying a building renovation is more expensive than building a new building "does not know the business. It only costs a fool more."

However, he also called himself a fan of the United Nations, testifying that "I'm such a fan, in fact, that at great expense I built a building across the street. It is the tallest apartment house in the world. If the United Nations weren't there, perhaps I wouldn't have built it in that location."

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President Donald Trump will meet with world leaders on Monday to discuss overhauling the United Nations, but he's been talking about it for years with a person who's now a member of his administration: Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions.
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