UNITED NATIONS: A
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.
Why do we give President Trump an A rating for his United Nations actions? For two reasons. First, America has 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). Second, 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 whistleblowers 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 reduced payment of $60 million, State Department official says Washington is undertaking 'a fundamental re-examination' of UNRWA's operations and funding.