Our president is not only fulfilling campaign promises but also using common sense. After eight years of a regime hell bent on destroying the Constitution, it’s a welcome change!
President Donald Trump wants the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of the United States funding to the United Nations. Currently, the U.S. provides approximately $622 million (22 percent) of the regular budget and roughly $2.402 billion (over 28 percent) of the peacekeeping budget. (via Fox News)
Trump is preparing to release his first budget. The 2018 proposed budget will be released on Thursday, The Hill reports.
Taxpayer money going to the United Nations is not the only line item on the chopping block. Trump is also expected to cut 37 percent from both the Agency for International Development and the State Department.
The Agency for International Development, more commonly known as USAID, was created for the purpose of giving away our money in the form of foreign aid in an executive order signed by JFK in 1961.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling for the UN 50 percent funding cut to be phased in as a series of major reductions over the next three years. It makes a bold impression, not only on the United Nations but on all the many countries that hate us yet continue to put their hand out and demand our money anyway!
America gives about $10 billion to the United Nations annually. We, of course, provide far more funding than any other member of the international body.
That money could be put to far better use here at home. Building the wall, funding grants for hiring more police officers, and repairing our crumbling roads and bridges would benefit Americans far more than handing over money to the United Nations.
Some of the United Nations programs predicted to be impacted by the funding cut include the United Nations’ development program and UNICEF — both of which are funded via the State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. The World Food Programme and refugees programs could also feel the burden of operating without the full support of the United States.
When veterans are living on the street and going hungry, any extra dime of taxpayer money demanded by our government should be going to care for them. Our heroes deserve at least a roof over their heads and food in their bellies!
The European Council on Foreign Relations’ expert on the UN, Richard Gowan, said the 50 percent cut could cause “chaos.” He said there would be a “gaping hole” other deep-pocket UN donors would be forced to try to fill.
What he calls chaos, I consider a wakeup call. The fact it, the American tax payer has been paying this tab for far too long.
The United Nations’ refugee program budget for last year was $4 billion. We the People provided $1.5 billion of the operation costs. With the United Nations having almost 200 members, that financial commitment seems just a bit out of whack to me.