The cheap 12 inch sq. marble tiles behind speaker at UN always bothered me. I will replace with beautiful large marble slabs if they ask me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2012
Foreign Policy: White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations
U.S. retreat from U.N. could mark a “breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”
State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50 percent in U.S. funding for U.N. programs, signaling an unprecedented retreat by President Donald Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen, according to three sources.
The push for such draconian measures comes as the White House is scheduled on Thursday to release its 2018 budget proposal, which is expected to include cuts of up to 37 percent for spending on the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign assistance programs, including the U.N., in next year’s budget. The United States spends about $10 billion a year on the United Nations.
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Update #1: White House demands deep cuts to State, UN funds (CNN)
Update #2: Trump wants UN funds cut more than 50 percent: report (The Hill)
WNU Editor: I worked at the UN from 1989 to 1994 .... and if there was ever an organisation that needed a better accounting of the money that it spent .... it is the UN .... and that was then. Since then the UN has exploded in size .... and the commitments that it is now involved in are truly global. These cuts are going to shake the organisation to its core .... and there is going to be an evaluation on what is needed and what is not. My prediction .... the bureaucracy will make sure that they will survive .... as for those who work in the field .... time to brush up on your resumes.