There is a new international order in the world and President Trump, not the United Nations is making certain America First diplomacy is prepared to set the stage going forward. According to the New York Times, the Trump administration is prepared to issue a set of executive orders directed at the United Nations which would “drastically reduce” funding as well as involvement in it and other international organizations.
Trump, unlike his predecessor is unwilling to witness or permit the undoing of America’s sovereignty. During the entire 8-year term of the Obama administration, the United Nations grew in international stature and influence while the United States became the world’s step-child often relegated to marginalized importance in international diplomatic issues.
Meanwhile, the United States provided the international social club with 25 percent of its funding for administrative, peace keeping and other related United Nations programs. America footed the bill while anti-American countries and their dictators and heads of states marginalized the United States as well as its strongest Middle East ally, Israel.
The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is committed to pursue the president’s campaign promise to withdraw the nation from international organizations which do not reflect America’s interest. It appears the heavily political investment of the Obama administration in the Paris climate agreement is not cherished or supported by the new president.
The administration has established several key criteria to determine “if terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets any one of several criteria will be warranted.”
Key among the Trump administration’s criteria includes:
Organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea.
Terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.
Review of all current and pending treaties with more than one other nation, and asks for recommendations on which negotiations or treaties the United States should leave.
There is considerable support for the president’s actions amongst his supporters as well as those in congress including, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-AL. He , told Fox Business on Wednesday that “The United Nations (U.N.) has proven to be an ineffective and wasteful bureaucracy.” He added, “Our nation is $20 trillion dollars in debt and we keep spending money that we can’t even pay for.”
Rep. Walter Jones, R-NC, echoed his fellow congressional colleague and stressed, “I feel very strongly that if you have something like the United Nations with 22% of the budget coming from America then our country has to start thinking about the best interests of our own country,” according to Fox News.