(National Sentinel)Â Bad Deal: On Sunday the Trump administration released a statement noting that the White House would be making “significant” reductions to its United Nations Budget, citing waste, inefficiency, and routine opposition to U.S. initiatives.
“Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. â€ŽAmong a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget,” said the statement by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UNâ€™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,” she wrote.
“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,” Haley continued.
“This historic reduction in spending â€“ in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN â€“ is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this yearâ€™s budget negotiations, you can be sure weâ€™ll continue to look at ways to increase the UNâ€™s efficiencyâ€Ž while protecting our interests,â€ sheÂ wrote.
The administration’s announcement comes days after the UN General Assembly voted 128-9 against a U.S. initiative to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and the decision to move the U.S. embassy there.
After the vote, President Donald J. Trump issued a rebuke of those who cast negative ballots.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, weâ€™re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. Weâ€™ll save a lot,” he said.
Meanwhile Haley, in a letter to dozens of UN states seen by Reuters, warned that Trump had asked her to â€œreport back on those countries who voted against us.â€
She bluntly echoed that call in a Twitter post: â€œThe U.S. will be taking names.â€
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