The days of hard-working Americans paying for global welfare are over, and the United Nations won’t be getting a taxpayer bailout from the Trump Administration.
The U.N. has declared a budget crisis as its coffers are running dry, and upwards of one-third of the international organization’s members have failed to meet their financial obligations. The impending $230 million shortfall could result in furloughing staff and shuttering certain operations.
“So, make all member countries pay, not just the United States,” President Donald Trump responded to the news.
The spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, called the financial pinch “the worst cash crisis facing the United Nations in nearly a decade. He also said the U.N. “runs the risk of depleting its liquidity reserves by the end of the month and defaulting on payments to staff and vendors.”
A reported $1.3 billion is owed by other countries. While the U.S. does have outstanding debt, those payments are reportedly on the usual payment schedule.
President Trump remarked that the U.S. had already doled out $600 million in peacekeeping alone, and would pay “the vast majority of what we owe to the regular budget this fall, as we have in past years.”
Still, U.N. officials are looking to American taxpayers to make up the massive debt of other countries, and once again exceed the 22 percent funding the U.S. generously provides. The current budget reportedly exceeds $5.4 billion, and members have shrugged off fiscal reform. It may sound like a ridiculous notion, but that is how the U.N. game has been played — that is, until President Trump was elected…
Although President Trump has insisted other countries meet their obligations, few have picked up their tab. In fact, U.N. leaders have the audacity to insist American taxpayers support peacekeeping missions in other countries by 28 percent. U.S. law caps that spending at a whopping 25 percent.
“The lack of agreement on a 25 percent ceiling will cause the organization to continue to face a 3 percent shortfall in its peacekeeping budget, as the United States will pay no more than 25 percent of peacekeeping expenses,” U.S. representative for U.N. reform Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet reportedly said.
Other countries had the gall to claim that somehow Americans received a “discount” in 2000 when U.S. funding dropped from 25 to 22 percent. The international body has a membership that includes 193 nations.
It’s no secret that President Trump has not looked fondly on an organization, which is overwhelmingly funded by U.S. tax dollars, that routinely moves against American interests. Members such as Iran rant and cry “death to America” while enjoying our hospitality. During U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s tenure, the body voted to condemn the president’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The measure passed 128-9, and Haley issued a warning that America would remember the anti-American and anti-Semitic vote.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” then-Ambassador Haley told the U.N. General Assembly at the time. “We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Many believe the president is rightfully forcing the hand of other nations that have become lazy and reliant on U.S.-funded welfare to fill the gap. President Trump has already strong-armed NATO members to increase their financial obligation. Although the majority have not fully honored their word, every dollar the president secures from foreign entities is one less dollar siphoned from working families.
“Since I came to office, it’s a rocket ship up. We’ve picked up over $140 billion in additional money, and we look like we’re going to have at least another $100 billion in spending by the nations…by 2020,” Trump said after improving NATO-member contributions.
In a recent address to the U.N., the president took the assembly to task for its overreach, elitism, and out-of-touch worldview.
“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots,” President Trump said. “The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations.”
There will be no American taxpayer bailout from the Trump Administration.