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(CNSNews.com) – The Trump administration is taking credit for cutting more than $285 million off the United Nations regular budget for the 2018-2019 biennium, an achievement that will entail a sizeable saving for a country that accounts for 22 percent of that budget.
The General Assembly (UNGA) committee responsible for administrative and budgetary affairs agreed on the budget in the early hours of Christmas Eve, and the full assembly approved it later in the day.
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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said afterwards that although the administration was pleased at the results of the negotiations, “you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the U.N.’s efficiency while protecting our interests.”
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said. “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 U.N. – is a big step in the right direction.”
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“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the U.N.’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the U.N. system,” she said.
Although not directly related to the recent tumult at the UNGA over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the budget approval came just days after both Haley and Trump put the world body and member-states on notice, again, that anti-U.S. and anti-Israel moves could carry financial consequences.
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Ahead of last week’s UNGA vote on a resolution demanding that Trump’s decision be rescinded, Haley observed that the U.S. is “always asked to do more & give more” at the U.N., and warned countries that Trump would be taking the vote “personally.”
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