United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated Americans on the “lively exercise of democracy” in the U.S. general election on 3 November.

In release by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, on Monday, 
Mr Guterres also congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. 

He said that the relationship between the United States and the United Nations “is a central pillar of international cooperation needed to resolve the drastic challenges facing the world today.”

The United Nations was established after the Second World War by the United States and makes the largest financial contribution to the overall budget of the organization.

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But the relationship has been strained by President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

Mr Trump broke away from his predecessors in favor of multilateralism and the International Rules of Practice (RBIO) represented by the United Nations.

Since 2016, the President has scarcely missed an opportunity to deride the group that he once described as a “club for people to get together, chat, and have a good time.”

In his oration at the 2016 meeting of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Mr Trump attacked “the complete weakness and incompetence of the United Nations.”

He also protested about the cost to the United States of helping to fund the 193-nation organization.