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Trump team, U.N. clash over number of Americans living in extreme poverty

Nikki Haley puts her hands up while speaking behind the United States podium during a U.N. meeting
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The U.N. released a report last month that said 40 million Americans are living in “extreme poverty,” but the Trump administration argues that the U.N. is exaggerating the numbers, and says the real figure is closer to 250,000 people, the Washington Post reports.

Be smart: How poverty in America is measured has been a long-running debate, coupled with the fact that “extreme poverty" doesn't have a concrete definition.