It’s quite clear there’s a new sheriff in town. On Friday, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the newly-appointed ambassador to the United Nations, pledged to overhaul the global body and warned allies that they’ll either support Washington or face the consequences.
“Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N. and the way that we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our allies and make sure that our allies have our back as well,” she said.
“For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names, we will make points to respond to that accordingly,” she added.
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Haley, who was South Carolina’s Republican governor when Trump picked her for the post, has little foreign policy and no U.S. federal government experience.
French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre and British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said they looked forward to working with Haley. The United States, Britain and France, along with Russia and China, are permanent veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council.
After her meeting with Guterres, a U.S. official said they had “a good and productive conversation about ways they can work together to reform the U.N.”
Haley told reporters, “Everything that’s working, we’re going to make it better, everything that’s not working we’re going to try and fix, and anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary we’re going to do away with.”
Here’s video of her comments:
A draft executive order published by the liberal Daily Beast indicates that Trump wants a committee — including his secretary of state, attorney general and director of national intelligence –to conduct a one-year review of U.S. funding to international organizations with the aim of cutting voluntary funding nearly in half, the report said.
The United States is the largest contributor to the United Nations, paying 22 percent of the $5.4 billion core U.N. budget and 28 percent of the $7.9 billion U.N. peacekeeping budget. These are assessed contributions – agreed by the U.N. General Assembly – and not voluntary payments.
U.N. agencies, such as the U.N. Development Programme, the children’s agency UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the U.N. Population Fund, are funded voluntarily.
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