Trump Might Be Trying to Defund Organizations We're Not Even Funding

During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to withdraw the USA from worldwide organizations like the United Nations and expressed heavy skepticism of multilateral agreements such as the Paris climate agreement.

In addition, Fisher writes, the order calls for 'then enacting "at least a 40 percent overall decrease" in remaining United States funding toward global organisations'.

Both orders also call for terminating funding to UN bodies in which the Palestinians are full members, but the USA has already withdrawn its funding from the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during former President Barack Obama's term, when the worldwide accepted the Palestinians as full members.

The executive orders would also begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, the NYT reported, citing unnamed officials.

According to the report, organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, programs that fund abortions and any program that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea are included in the criteria.

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The outline specifically asks the committee to examine US funding for peacekeeping operations overseas, the Times said.

The executive order also would cut funding to United Nations agencies or other global bodies that support programs funding abortion, back activity bypassing sanctions against Iran or North Korea, "is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism", or is blamed for systemic human rights violations, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The Times noted it remains unclear whether Trump's order calls for cutting at least 40 percent of USA contributions to each worldwide agency separately or the overall federal funding budget.

The proposal recommends at least a 40 percent cut in funding to the United Nations, pending further changes to the document, according to VICE News.

Trump blasted the resolution, saying the United Nations had become "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time".

  • Megan Austin