(NationalSentinel) Diplomacy:Â During his presidential campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump was a frequent critic of the United Nations, saying that the global organization did little to reflect real American values. Turns out he’s not the only one who thinks so.
Writing in theÂ New York Observer, former UN stafferÂ Pallavi Kakoti-McHugh said unequivocally the United States should end its funding and relationship of the UN without delay, because it has become a hive of anti-U.S. and anti-Western sentiment.
“We should replace the UN with an international organization that is actually worthy of being funded by American taxes and is in actionâ€”not justÂ wordsâ€”aligned with American values of freedom, liberty, justice and equality for all,” Kakoti-McHugh wrote, adding:
I envision a new international organization that delivers what former President Woodrow Wilson, who founded the forerunner of the UN (League of Nations), wanted for Americans. WilsonÂ wanted America to be part of a group of peace loving and civilized nationsÂ withÂ a high standard of morality. ThisÂ does not exist in the current environment, where Iâ€™ve found evidence that UN staff practice racism, sexism, sexual exploitation and abuse, corruption, block sustainable development efficiency and are unfair to Americans.
She goes on to note that before she worked at the UN, she had a better opinion of it. But all that changed once she actually began working for the global organization.
“Some UN staff go to great lengths and will stop at nothingâ€”including lawlessnessâ€”to maintain their public image. Some manipulate data and prevent reports from reaching the media and ambassadors at the General Assembly and Security Council,” she wrote. “For example, UN staffÂ hid an extremely important 2013 independent expert evaluation of sexual exploitation and abuse report based on experts visiting UN peacekeeping missions in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Liberia and South Sudan.”
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During her Senate confirmation hearings,Â Trump UN ambassador pick Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, questioned the United States’ annual financial contribution to the organization, which makes up 22 percent of the UN’s annual budget.
“Are we getting what we pay for?” she said, adding that the UN’s treatment of Israel has been abysmal.
“The UN and its specialized agencies have had numerous successes,” Haley said. “However, any honest assessment also finds an institution that is often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers … I will take an outsider’s look at the institution.”