Half of Americans want U.N. funding slashed
In the latest showing of a vote of no confidence in the United Nations, a recent poll found that half of Americans believe that the Trump administration should cut back its financial support for the so-called global peacekeeper.
According to a new Rasmussen Reports Poll, 50 percent of Americans have had enough of the global agency’s progressive global politics and believe that the United States should reduce its funding.
Fed up with the U.N.?
Apparently, Americans are in agreement with President Donald Trump when it comes to reducing U.S. contributions to the international body that often works against America’s global interests when it comes to issues such as fighting terrorism, immigration and, most importantly, Israel.
“President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to dramatically reduce the amount of money the United States gives to the United Nations, and half of voters support such a move,” Rasmussen Reports divulged. “Republicans strongly approve.”
The poll was administered to 1,000 likely voters from January 29–30, with a margin of sampling error plus or minus 3 percentage points, with a 95-percent level of confidence, and it was conducted nationwide via a telephone and online surveys. It was found that those wanting to significantly slash U.S. funding to the international agency outnumbered those who did not … by double digits.
“[The survey found] that 50 percent of likely U.S. voters favor a major cutback in how much money the United States gives to the U.N.,” Rasmussen announced. “Thirty-three percent (33 percent) are opposed, while 17 percent are undecided.”
A major setback impending for the globalists?
If Trump moves forward with his plan to significantly reduce U.S. funding to the U.N., it will be forced to make considerable changes, as America provides more money for the global agency than any other nation by far.
In fact, a recent tweet shows that the U.S. gives nearly three times as much funding to the U.N. than China – the second largest contributor.
“The United States accounts for nearly 29 percent of the @UN’s total funding for the peacekeeping budget,” Fox Business tweeted on Monday.
In a successive tweet, the following percentages were listed, divulging how much the top five contributors to the U.N. pitched in for the agency’s 2017 Peacekeeping Budget:
- United States: 28.5 percent
- China: 10.3 percent
- Japan: 9.7 percent
- Germany: 6.4 percent
- France: 6.3 percent
A call for change at the U.N.
The president made his frustration with the ineffectiveness of the U.N. known when he addressed the global body on Tuesday – when he urged all of the member nations to do more so that U.S. investment will not be wasted on interests that run contrary to good and responsible foreign policy on a number of key global issues.
“The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more,” Trump proclaimed, according to Townhall. “In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it.”
Writing on the wall
Ever since Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton – an adamant supporter of the U.N. – he has threatened to defund the U.N.
Wasting little time after his inauguration, U.N. funding was already on the president’s chopping block back in March, as he noted that the global agency has had its own progressive agenda over the years – especially during the Obama administration.
“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,” ForeignPolicy.com reported in March. “The White House’s 2018 budget proposal … 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.”
The cuts are expected to continue through most of Trump’s first term of office.
“It remains unclear whether the full extent of the steeper U.N. cuts will be reflected in the 2018 budget, [but] the cuts would be phased in over the coming three years,” ForeignPolicy.com’s Colum Lynch explained. “On March 9 in New York, U.S. diplomats in a closed-door meeting warned key U.N. members, including wealthy donors from Europe, Japan, and South Korea, to ‘expect a big financial constraint’ on U.S. spending at the United Nations, said one European diplomat. ‘There are rumors of big cuts to the State Department budget, but again, on our side, no figures,’ the diplomat said.”
Proposed cuts would likely reduce the funding of specific programs carried out by the U.N.
“The cuts would fall heaviest on U.N. programs, like peacekeeping, UNICEF, and the U.N. Development Programme, that are funded out of the budget of the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs,” Lynch noted. “It remains to be seen whether other U.N. agencies popular with Congress, like the World Food Programme and U.N. refugee operations – which are funded out of separate accounts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department, respectively – will get hit as hard. But one source tracking the budget proposal said the Trump administration is considering cuts of up to 36 percent on humanitarian aid programs.”
The magnitude of the cuts could be quite extensive – freeing up the U.S. to spend its tax dollars on programs that reflect America’s new goals and values touted by the Trump administration.
“U.S. officials in Washington and New York learned during the past week that they will be asked to find ways to cut spending on obligatory and voluntary U.N. programs by 50 to 60 percent from the International Organization Affairs Bureau’s account,” Lynch continued. “State Department officials, for instance, were told that they should try to identify up to $1 billion in cuts in the U.N. peacekeeping budget, according to one source. The United States provides about $2.5 billion per year to fund peacekeepers.”