Donald Trump tweeted last year that “the United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”
Now that he is president, Trump is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to the U.N., if reports about his soon-to-be-unveiled budget are accurate.
Or, more correctly, he’s putting the American taxpayer’s money where his mouth is.
According to a Western Journalism article about a piece over at Foreign Policy discussing the proposed budget, it is expected that cuts of up to 50 percent in funding for various U.N. programs will be a feature of Trump’s fiscal package.
Richard Gowan, an associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, says the cuts proposed by the Trump budget would result in “chaos,” and that the massive shortfall resulting from the substantial drop in U.S. funding of the organization would “leave a gaping hole that other big donors would struggle to fill.”
Presently, the United States pays enormous sums each year to help keep the U.N. operational. Total U.S. spending on the U.N. runs about $410 billion annually right now.
Dissatisfaction with the U.N. has long run deep within some political circles in the U.S., and an increasing anti-American and anti-Israeli posture at the U.N. has only hardened the animus some politicians, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have toward the international body.
“I don’t think we should just be writing a blank check for a bunch of radical policies—a bunch of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel policies, a bunch of anti-American policies to simply spew out with our funding,” said Cruz. “I think we should use our power, use our influence, use our dollars, to focus the United Nations on issues that are in our common interest and not issues that undermine the interest of the United States.”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large