Elder Patriot – According to the Heritage Foundation:
“The U.S. has been the largest financial supporter of the U.N. since the organization’s founding in 1945. The U.S. is currently assessed 22 percent of the U.N. regular budget and more than 27 percent of the U.N. peacekeeping budget. In dollar terms, the Administration’s budget for FY 2011 requested $516.3 million for the U.N. regular budget and more than $2.182 billion for the peacekeeping budget.”
That means when our Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, released a Christmas Eve statement announcing that she had “negotiated” a reduction in our contributions of $285 million. She effectively reduced our payments to the U.N.’s general operating budget by more than half as punishment for voting to condemn the movement of our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Haley’s full statement reads:
“Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”
On the day of that vote, Haley also put the U.N. on notice that it is facing further, more significant cuts if it continues kowtowing to nations with long records of extreme human rights abuses.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.
“We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Haley was likely referring to the larger funding by the U.S. that provides 27% of the U.N.’s peacekeeping budget as well as our “ancillary” payments that topped $6.347 billion in FY 2009 that Obama saw fit to bestow on the world body with your tax dollars.
Make no mistake this is Trump letting the members of the U.N. know he is refusing to continue funding the actions of rogue nations that fund terrorist organizations, or countries like those in Europe voting in sympathy with those nations.
It should be noted that in a vote that followed Haley’s announcement the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to impose new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the regime’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests. That includes China and Russia.
It appears they got the message.