On Christmas Eve, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly approved its budget for the next two years. Per UN News Centre, the 5.4 billion dollar spending limit will “cover UN activities across a range of areas, including political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and public information.”
This budget vote comes amid rocky relations between the Trump administration and the UN. Upon the United States’ announcement that it would recognize Jerusalem as the Israel’s capital, 128 countries backed a resolution calling on the administration to recant its stance on the matter. The Trump administration responded with a 5 percent funding cut in US contribution to the UN budget, totaling some 285 million dollars that will be withheld from the global peacekeeping organization in the coming year. This was coupled with a threat of further US contribution cuts to the nations who supported the resolution.
At the center of these developments, the question remains: are the US and the UN mutually beneficial or not?
The United States is far and away the largest contributor to the UN, confirmed by a Washington Post report that states the US pays roughly 25 percent of the UN budget. If the United States, or any nation, is so heavily invested into a faction, then some return on investment should be expected. Unfortunately, the transaction between these two entities has not been one of mutual benefit. The UN has repeatedly been a hindrance to the United States, publicly condemning US policy, leadership, and foreign alliances and interests, all while laundering US funds for its subsidiary factions which hold largely anti-American sentiments.
The United States has tried policy change, globalization efforts, and peace maintenance. None of these measures have worked to bring us into the UN’s good graces, thus it is imperative that funding begin to cease. The nations of the world act inside their own interests. Even the most ardent globalist will concur that his own philosophy will only work if the relations between nations are mutually beneficial. There is much political blow back for the phrase “America first,” but isn’t this the cry of every country? The role of every authority is to preserve, protect, and defend its nation’s inhabitants, interests, and allies. While global prosperity is indeed a noble goal, it is not the primary responsibility of any national administration to facilitate.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley recently spoke to this in blatant terms, saying that Washington won’t let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.” The Trump administration has certainly done well in this regard, sending a strong message to the world that America will protect our interests first. Moreover, it has been made very clear we will not be intimidated into subjection by simple condemnation, or pilfered of our resources by an institution that consistently seeks our demise as a superpower.