Now for a look at stories making headlines around the world and we start with a budget cut at the United Nations. The U.S. Ambassador the UN, Nikki Haley, has announced that the Trump administration has negotiated a 285 million-dollar cut in the world body’s budget for the next fiscal year. For more let’s turn to our Ro Aram…. Aram… so Washington seems to be making good on its threat to cut funding after a vote condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That’s right Semin… although Haley did not explicitly say the reason for the budget cut was because of the vote by the 120 countries last week, it certainly looks that way. She made a veiled threat of cutting U.S.
Funding to the UN before the vote was held and issued a statement on Christmas Eve touting the 285-million-dollar cut in the budget as a product of U.S. negotiation. She added that the U.S. will “no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.” It’s still unclear if the budget savings will come from a reduction in the U.S. contribution to the UN, which is about 22 percent of the world body’s 5-point-4-billion-dollar biennial budget. But, Haley’s statement did not mention any other member states that may have taken issue with what she called the UN’s “inefficiency and overspending.” There could be more cuts in the future as Trump’s proposed spending budget for next year would end funding for UN climate change programs and also reduce funding to UNICEF by 16 percent.
Trump’s threats of cutting contributions to the UN emerged long before the vote to condemn his Jerusalem decision, but tensions have certainly heightened after it. The spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the world body is currently studying the impact of the newly adopted budget numbers and will soon issue a statement on the matter. .
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