The US ambassador at the UN Nikki Haley announced that the United States will cut a big chunk of American taxpayers’ money from the United Nations budget: 285 million dollars respectively. Nikki Haley announced the cut to be in effect starting with the next fiscal year, 2018-2019 respectively, citing the UN’s bloated budget. As per the official statement to the United Nations:
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
The ambassador added that further cuts are probable in the future, considering UN’s lack of oversight, responsibility and efficiency when it comes to spending US taxpayers money. The budget cut comes after the United Nations voted with a vast majority to condemn the US for President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution condemning the United States was backed by a large number of nations boasting a dismal human rights abuse record and it passed 128-9 last week, on Thursday.
The full UN vote – which the US & Israel lost 128-9, with 35 brave abstentions – is here: pic.twitter.com/ZtrztqTgyK
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 21, 2017
Nikki Haley responded to the blame-vote by saying at the time:
“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.”
Here’s the POTUS:
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
One may argue why not a $500 million reduction considering the fact that the United States spends more than 3 billion annually on UN’s bureaucracy, which means ~25% of UN’s budget is supported by US alone, plus an eviction notice. However, that’s a start.