United Nations

AD: An Insider's Guide to the UN: Third Edition

As President Trump first took office in Jan. 2017, the United States gave approximately $8 billion in mandatory payments and voluntary contributions to the United Nations and its affiliated organizations annually. The biggest portion of this money – about $3 billion - went to the U.N.’s regular and peacekeeping budgets. American taxpayers pay around $3.024 billion towards the United Nations’ regular and peacekeeping budgets, more than what 185 other countries combined are paying. In fact U.S. is estimated to contribute about 22% of the UN's yearly total budget. 

*UPDATE: Trump has successfully pressured the UN to cut spending and to unanimously put more sanctions on North Korea. He also cut $285 milllion in U.S. funding to the U.N.

Note: America has always been on the very short end of the stick by having to fund an obscene unfair amount to the United Nations. (One of the many reasons why America is $21 trillion dollars in debt).  Also the United Nations has an atrocious track record when it comes to human rights.

2/1/17: The Trump administration drafted an executive order that would cut U.S. payments to the United Nations by as much as 40%. 

3/20/217: The Trump administration boycotted UN council session over anti-Israel 'bias'.

9/18/17: President Trump used his first official visit to the United Nations to criticize the United Nations for not living up to its “potential,” and urged member nations to reject “business as usual” and take “bold stands.” Despite a ballooning budget and a doubling of staff since 2000, Trump said, “We are not seeing the results in line with this investment . . . The UN must hold every level of management accountable, protect ​whistle​blowers and focus on results ​rather than on process.”

​9/19/17: In hist first official speech at the United Nations in New York City President Trump held no punches. His speech was marked by tough talk against rogue regimes North Korea and Iran. He also went after the socialist Venezuelan government and reminded the United Nations members about his "America First" agenda. 

10/12/17: President Trump announces that the U.S. withdraws from UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural organization, citing anti-Israel bias and costs. The United States will withdraw from UNESCO at the end of next year to stop accumulating unpaid dues and make a stand on what it said is anti-Israel bias at the U.N.’s educational, science and cultural organization. The withdrawal follows long-standing issues the U.S. has had with UNESCO and does not necessarily foreshadow a further retrenchment of U.S. engagement with the United Nations, where the Trump administration has been pushing to bring about structural and financial reforms. It should also be noted that the U.S. hasn’t been paying dues to UNESCO since 2011, when President Barack Obama’s administration stopped providing about $72 million a year after the Paris-based organization accepted Palestine as a full member. 

​11/3/17: Vice President Mike Pence announced that President Trump ordered the State Department to stop funding "ineffective" United Nations relief efforts to combat the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and that, instead, the U.S. will help Christians directly through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Pence noted how the Obama administration spent over $1 billion in humanitarian aid to the Middle East, but sent the funding to various U.N. programs.

12/24/17: Keeping one of his many promises, Trump's administration announced a $285M cut in 2018-19 UN operating budget. “The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked."

​1/19/18: US withholds $65 million from UN agency for Palestinians making a reduced payment of $60 million, State Department official says Washington is undertaking 'a fundamental re-examination' of UNRWA's operations and funding.

​6/20/18: The Trump administration announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. "I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments," Nikki Haley told the media. "On the contrary, we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights." The UN Human Rights Council has a disasterous and hypocrtical record on human rights. 

8/31/18:  The Trump administration cut funding to the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees. The US State Department said in a statement, it was not willing to “shoulder the very disproportionate share of the burden” for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). 

4/26/19: Donald Trump has announced that the US will withdraw its support for a United Nations treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. Trump stated: “Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your second amendment freedom. I’m officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty.”