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Monday, December 25, 2017

Trump White House docks UN budget $285M after Jerusalem backlash

The Trump administration has worked out some “historic” belt-tightening at the United Nations, officials announced Sunday.

UN officials lambasted the United States and its ambassador, Nikki Haley, after President Trump announced his decision to relocate the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. (MARK LENNIHAN/AP)


The UN’s budget has been slashed by more than $285 million, according to Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said the cost cuts gutted the organization’s “bloated management.”
On Sunday, Haley said the trimmed-down budget would mean increased discipline and accountability throughout the international organization.
She said the UN’s “inefficiency and overspending” were “well-known.”
Haley said she was pleased with how the new budget was shaking out.

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“You can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests,” she added.
According to PolitiFact, the U.S. accounts for 22% — about $3.3. billion — of the UN’s budget.
The Trump administration and conservatives have long been eyeing how to reduce UN spending.

News of the leaner operations comes days after a widespread rebuke by UN member countries on President Trump’s controversial decision to deem Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
The General Assembly voted Thursday 128-9 to pass a resolution saying Trump’s declaration was “null and void.”
A day ahead of the Jerusalem vote, Trump said he’d be closely eyeing the outcome and turning off the spigot for nations voting against the resolution.
“Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” the President said at the time.
Also on Christmas Eve, Guatemala’s president announced the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of President Trump in ordering the change


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