US to make $285m cut to UN budget after vote on Jerusalem

Donald Trump’s government are cutting their UN budget contribution. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

It comes days after a UN resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

America has said it will cut at least $285m in its United Nations budget obligations in what is widely being seen as an attempt from US President Donald Trump to pressurise countries.

The cuts to the 2018-2018 budget were announced alongside a further cut to the UN’s management and support functions. The UN is responsible for 22% of the the body’s annual operating budget.

“We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement, adding that she was pleased with the results of the negotiations.

Ms Haley said that she believes the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organisation is well-known and that the US Mission would continue to “look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests”.

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Source: The National

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists.