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New UN chief wants consensus but faces antagonistic Trump

  • FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, clasps hands with U.N. Secretary-General designate Antonio Guterres after Guterres was sworn in at U.N. headquarters. Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, clasps hands with U.N. Secretary-General designate Antonio Guterres after Guterres was sworn in at U.N. headquarters. Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 20, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres enters a family's tent during a visit to the Midyat refugee camp in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border. Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

    FILE - In this June 20, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres enters a family's tent during a visit to the Midyat refugee camp in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border. Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Antonio Guterres of Portugal, Secretary-General designate of the United Nations, speaks during his appointment at U.N. headquarters. Guterres begins a five year term as the organization's Secretary General on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Antonio Guterres of Portugal, Secretary-General designate of the United Nations, speaks during his appointment at U.N. headquarters. Guterres begins a five year term as the organization's Secretary General on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

Antonio Guterres takes the reins of the United Nations on New Year's Day, promising to be a "bridge-builder" but facing an antagonistic incoming U.S. administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body's 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time.

The former Portuguese prime minister and U.N. refugee chief says he will engage all governments and show his willingness to cooperate on "the enormous challenges that we'll be facing together."

But Trump has shown little interest in multilateralism, which Guterres calls the U.N.'s "cornerstone," and a great attachment to the Republicans' "America First" agenda.

So as Guterres begins his five-year term facing conflicts from Syria to South Sudan and global crises including terrorism, U.S. support for the United Nations remains a question mark.