Conservatives have long threatened to cut federal funding for the United Nations, a body that has long had an anti-American and anti-Israel slant, but they haven’t followed through. Now, President Donald Trump could be ready to do something huge about it.
A report published by Foreign Policy on Monday claimed that “State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs,” signaling a massive rebuke of the U.N. from the Trump administration.
Liberal Foreign Policy was obviously unhappy about it, calling it an “unprecedented retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen.”
However, conservatives have been sick of sending $10 billion a year to an organization that’s viciously antisemitic and anti-Israel, allows some of the most heinous human rights abusers in the world on its Human Rights Council, and takes massive amounts of our money to fund that agenda.
Oh, and how’s that peace in Syria and Yemen going? Or that monitoring of Iran’s rogue nuclear program? In fact, the only thing that seems to be working out well for them is the vaccines for children thing, and I think we can fund that without spending $10 billion.
The biggest cut, numerically, seemed to be for peacekeeping. The Trump administration has asked State Department officials to “identify up to $1 billion in cuts in the U.N. peacekeeping budget, according to one source. The United States provides about $2.5 billion per year to fund peacekeepers.”
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has already been reviewing the 16 peacekeeping missions currently undertaken by the United Nations for possible cuts. The most likely casualty would be the mission in South Sudan, which does not have the support of the government.
Other likely candidates for cuts include the U.N. Population Fund and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, both of which are unpopular with conservatives.
However, conservatives have called for a wide-ranging defunding after a December vote condemning Israel which was allowed to pass the U.N. Security Council by the Obama administration.
““For eight long years, the Obama administration has worked systematically to undermine the nation of Israel,” Sen. Ted Cruz wrote in a December statement. “They actively worked to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu, and illegally used U.S. taxpayer funds to do so. Never has there been a more anti-Israel administration, and today’sUnited Nations vote is the culmination of their systemic agenda to weaken Israel and strengthen its enemies.”
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