UN chief: US will be replaced if it disengages from world

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning the Trump administration that if the United States disengages from many world issues it will be replaced — and that won't be good for America or for the world.

Guterres also expressed concern Tuesday that there could be a direct confrontation between the United States and Russia over Syria and urged a de-escalation of the dispute over the U.S. downing of a Syrian jet.

He also warned in his first press conference since taking the reins of the U.N. on Jan. 1 that proposed U.S. funding cuts to the United Nations "would create an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N."

Guterres said he plans to visit Washington soon to engage members of Congress on the need to keep funding the United Nations.