US Ambassador to the not-so-United Nations, Nikki Haley, announced this week a massive 300 million cut to the organization’s ridiculously bloated budget.
She and President Trump promised we’d be taking names after the vast majority of member nations voted to rebuke our decision on the embassy in Israel.
And now they’re going to feel it where it hurts most. Granted, the budget negotiations have been underway for months, long before the vote.
But then again, the UN’s stupidity and moral vacuousness have been an affront to American interests for much longer than that.
So, the Trump administration is enjoying no small amount of pleasure in sticking it to the global community since we account for at least 22% of the UN’s total budget already.
It’s time to put our cash to better use.
Here’s more from HotAir…
Retribution for an attempted rebuke from the General Assembly, or just good reform practice? After warning the United Nations that the US would “take names” of countries that voted for a resolution demanding that Donald Trump withdraw recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, ambassador Nikki Haley announced a $285 million cut to the UN’s operations budget. Haley cited the need to address “inefficiencies,” but the timing seems to send a message too:
The announcement didn’t make clear the entire amount of the budget or specify what effect the cut would have on the U.S. contribution.
U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said that the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organization is well-known, and she would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.”
She also said that while the mission was pleased with the results of budget negotiations, it would continue to “look at ways to increase the U.N.’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”
Note that this is not a cut in our contribution, but in the UN’s overall biennial spending in the 2018-19 budget. How much will that save the US? We are the largest contributor for UN operations; we supplied 22% of the previous biennial budget, and we’re probably still on the hook for a similar amount in this next budget. Assuming that percentage applies evenly to the savings, we cut our total outlay by $62.7 million.