Why Threaten To Cut Off Aid To The United Nations? Why Not Simply Pull Out Of It?
The United Nations has been nothing more than a totalitarian money pit for the world, especially the united States, and now they have thumbed their collective noses once again at the US.
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Trump threatened to cut aid to UN members over the Jerusalem vote.
“All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Trump said during a cabinet meeting.
“Well, we’re watching those votes,” he added. “Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned that the US would be “taking names” on the vote and wrote a letter to countries asking them to respect the decision of the US to move it’s embassy while not demanding others do the same.
“As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the president and US take this vote personally,” Haley wrote.
“To be clear,” she added, “we are not asking that other countries move their embassies to Jerusalem, though we think it would be appropriate. We are simply asking that you acknowledge the historical friendship, partnership and support we have extended and respect our decision about our own embassy.”
“This is bullying,” Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. “It is unethical to think that our votes are for sale.”
Çavuşoğlu added that the U.S. “may be strong, but that does not make you right.”
Neither does it make those countries right that disagree. A country has the right to designate its capital. Countries outside of it do not possess that right. So, forgive me Mr. Çavuşoğlu, but you’re not only wrong, but you’re way out of line.
I wonder what Çavuşoğlu calls the vote the UN took about something that doesn’t concern them? Is that not bullying? Keeping our own money isn’t bullying.
However, on Thursday, the UN decided to thumb its nose at the US for the decision to move our embassy.
Fox News reports:
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted on Thursday to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The 128 member states of the UNGA voted to condemn Trump’s move, with just seven other states joining the U.S. and Israel in voting against the resolution. There were 35 abstentions.
The vote was taken shortly after the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, issued a strong warning to states who support the resolution — reminding the General Assembly of the financial aid Washington provides to both the UN and many member states.
Here’s the thing, will Trump be able to stop the funding he threatened to stop? Probably not without legislation from Congress because it is congressionally mandated.
The New York Times reports:
It is difficult to see how Mr. Trump can make good on that threat because it could involve cutting off financial assistance to the country’s most strategic allies in the Middle East. Some of those programs, like Egypt’s, are congressionally mandated. While the president can hold up aid unilaterally as a form of leverage, canceling it would require new legislation.
Still, the bitter confrontation at the United Nations shows the lingering repercussions of Mr. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem, which defied world opinion and upended decades of American policy. While the decision has not unleashed the violence in the Arab capitals that some had feared, it has left the United States diplomatically isolated.
So, why do we continue to be a part of and support with more debt on the backs of the American people this totalitarian, evil, wicked and anti-American, anti-freedom organization called the United Nations? Is it because those we have elected support such things? Is it because they actually support a New World Order?
President Trump delivered a powerful message to the UN in September, but his premise was faulty in that he said, “Too often, the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process. In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution’s noble ends have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them.”
This is the problem. The UN does not have “noble ends.” It has wicked ones.
Perhaps, Trump should take to the bully pulpit and whip this thing up to push Congress to get us out of the United Nations. There are already bills in place to make this happen.
We could remove ourselves from this totalitarian organization, save a ton of money and maintain our sovereignty in one move. I’m guessing it will not happen, but it should.