U.N. Secretary general Antonio Guterres addresses a news conference after his meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Reuters: U.N. chief warns against abrupt U.S. funding cuts to world body
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday against an abrupt cut to U.S. funding for the world body, and France's U.N. envoy said a retreat by Washington from global affairs could lead to more instability.
"Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts," said Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
"The Secretary-General fully subscribes to the necessity to effectively combat terrorism, but believes that it requires more than military spending," he said in response to Trump's proposal for an additional $54 billion in military spending.
French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said a strong United Nations and a U.S. commitment to world affairs is needed "more than ever".
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Update: How would Trump's budget hit UN programs? (CBS).
WNU Editor: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has to make a better case on why the U.S. should maintain its current levels of UN funding. From what I am hearing .... if I was a U.S. taxpayer .... I would not be convinced.