As promised by President Donald Trump, the U.S. plans to cut its funding for the United Nations. The move came after the U.N. General Assembly voted to declare the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “null and void.”
The U.S. plans to cut the two-year budget for the U.N. by $285 million. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said the decision to negotiate a reduction to the overall budget was one of the host of successes by the U.S. She said the U.N. has had “bloated management and support functions,” and the U.S. would increase its support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world. She added there needs to be more discipline and accountability throughout the U.N. system and the U.S. has achieved some success in those areas.
Haley continued: “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”
The vote by the U.N. assembly to denounce Trump’s decision to move the embassy and declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital was 129-9. Haley said no vote in the U.N. will change the U.S.’s mind in the matter, “and how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N.”
Those are the strongest words ever directed by the U.S. at the U.N., which was formed in 1945, right after World War II. The U.S. was a strong advocate of creating the U.N. and always has been the largest financial contributer. The idea behind the U.N. was to create an international agency to keep the peace, while also helping countries in other areas of need.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said: “Given its tendency to be a forum for anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism, re-evaluation of the U.S. role as the single largest donor to the U.N. is long overdue.” That is the sentiment of many Americans. The president has threatened to withhold billions in funding from U.N. member countries that voted in favor of denouncing the U.S.’s embassy relocation.
According to PolitFact, about 22 percent of the U.N.’s funding, or roughly $3.3 billion, comes from the U.S.
Had it not been for the U.S.’s military contributions in the Korean War, the South would have been lost to the North. It was called a U.N. war against the North, but the U.S. supplied the bulk of the manpower and weapons. Other U.N. members supplied only token military units. It’s been the same in other conflicts the U.N. has been involved in — the U.S. has led the way. In fact, if it were not for America, we doubt if the U.N. would exist.
The global organization has 193 member countries, some of which are tiny states. It has had some success in cooperation among its members in imposing sanctions against North Korea and even Russia and China to a lesser degree. It has tried to work for peaceful solutions to conflicts among nations.
The U.S. should continue to be a cooperating member but should back away from giving as much financial support as it has. America has so many needs that it must spend some of that money that goes to the U.N. on taking care of our own needs.