Copy-The Latest: Trump makes his debut before UNGA

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is opening his maiden address in front of the United Nationals General Assembly by praising his accomplishments in office so far.

He's also sending thanks to the leaders of countries that have offered assistance to the U.S. as it recovers from a pair of damaging hurricanes.

Trump is praising the American people as "strong and resilient" and says the U.S. has done "very well" since his election.

He's pointing to the stock market and the employment rate and says the U.S. military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.

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3:40 a.m.

Elected on the slogan "America First," President Donald Trump is making his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly.

He's expected to argue Tuesday that nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat such as North Korea. He plans to address other crisis points, too, such as Iran's nuclear agenda, the instability in Venezuela and the fight against terrorism in Syria and elsewhere.

Trump frequently belittled the U.N. as a candidate and his White House has been infused with forces that believe the U.N acts as a global bureaucracy that infringes the sovereignty of nations.

But Trump is expected to argue that U.N. member states should unite to face global dangers.

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