President Trump and US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made the right decision to cut $285 million in funding to the United Nations’ 2018-19 budget following the General Assembly vote condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. As America contributed about 25% of the UN’s total budget in 2016, the vote against it was a sign of disrespect for its sovereign right to move its embassy. As such, writes Star Parker in Townhall, it’s time for America to reassess its role in the UN and show its members that America’s generosity should no longer be taken advantage of and that its values should not be questioned.
Due to the Trump administration’s $285 million budget cut to next year’s UN budget, relations between America and the rest of the world will likely suffer in the new year. While US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the funding cut aims to reduce known inefficiency and overspending within the UN, the timing of this decision, coming immediately after the General Assembly's vote condemning America’s Jerusalem decision, is seen as provocative by the rest of the world. It is also another example of President Trump's continued poor leadership and policy-making decisions that will further fuel global tension, argues E.A. Crunden in Think Progress.
Is this decision justified or unnecessarily provocative?