Disbelief, questions at United Nations after Trump victory
By Michelle Nichols
November 9, 2016
The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was met with disbelief and despondency on Wednesday among some United Nations officials and diplomats amid uncertainty surrounding his foreign policy and likely engagement with the world body.
Trump, a Republican, has described the 71-year-old United Nations as weak and incompetent and threatened to pull out of a global deal to combat climate change – a cornerstone of the legacy of U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, who steps down at the end of 2016 after serving two five-year terms as secretary-general.
“The United Nations is not a friend of democracy, it’s not a friend to freedom, it’s not a friend even to the United States of America,” Trump said during a speech in March to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
The United States is a veto-wielding member of the 15-member U.N. Security Council and the largest financial contributor to the United Nations. Washington owes about $1.1 billion, the United Nations said. Republicans have long been reluctant to pay dues, accusing the world body of waste and bias.
Ban said on Wednesday he hoped that the Trump administration would “strengthen the bonds of international cooperation.”
…”People everywhere look to the United States to use its remarkable power to help lift humanity up and to work for the common good,” Ban told reporters.
“More than ever, we need an America that is committed to world affairs, including at the United Nations,” French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said.
A senior Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump’s foreign policy had so far “not been very coherent” and his victory did not bode well for the future effectiveness of the council.
“The assumption is that (a Trump administration) will be less engaged with U.N. than (President Barack) Obama’s administration, which was more committed to working for collective solutions than previous U.S. administrations,” the diplomat said.
…A western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, summed up how Trump’s victory could impact the United Nations: “I think there will be a long hangover.”
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In early 2016, Trump Donald Trump took a lot of heat from both the Republican establishment and Obama minions for chastising the U.N. and NATO over its spending. Then other online sites began investigating and reporting more on the UN and its constant need for money, including some here at Hardnox. Suddenly everyone was up in arms as the truth began getting out into the public though far less was ever mentioned by several mainstream media puppets.
At that time,Trump did not say we should immediately pull out of NATO or kick the United Nations out of America. What he said was basically IF they do not start pulling their weight both financially and in sweat equity on military endeavors, then we need to consider leaving.
About the same time, Congress issued a legislative mandate to get some relief and reduction of dues from the UN. Richard Holbrooke and other US representatives began lobbying for redistribution. Things may have already been in motion to update payment data. Yet not long after Trump’s opening salvo on the UN on constant need for money, misuse of funds, and our payments, the plans appear to have been fast tracked.
Holbrooke by many is given kudos for his efforts to have brokered the reduction in rate change for the United States. The only budget reduction we received before this was in 1972. Under the deal, the U.S. share of the administrative budget dropped from 25 percent to 22 percent. Its share of the peacekeeping budget was reduced from 31 percent to around 27 percent — still more than the 25 percent the U.S. Congress demanded. It apparently, however, was considered a compromise the US (meaning Obama) could live with. (The only closest country is Japan who was charged between 15-20% of GDP calculation. Everyone else including China only had to pay less than 10% of their GDP calculation according to UN information.) Around mid to late February 2016, ABC posted the United Nations had adopted the first major overhaul of its financing in more than two decades, cutting U.S. payments to the world body and shifting most of the financial burden to developing countries that had experienced economic improvement.
As far as I can see, Trump’s campaign rhetoric appeared to strike a nerve and the UN into finally making a much needed change even though Congress had been muttering for years and Obama had been doling out large payments to catch the US up on payments due. So I can see why the UN is trembling with consternation and trepidation.
For the last twenty years or so, the UN has grown into a monster world power, hungry for money and determined to rule over the countries of the world. It is past time the brakes were applied and they were forced to reign in their overinflated egos to realize that people across the world have gotten sick and tired of their interference in the daily lives and running of countries. Relief efforts, European economic recover, and an international court of law for helping settle disputes have always been a reasonable achievement for this group and nothing else. Even those should have already been ended since its original purpose had reached a plateau but unfortunately I am not aware of a sunset clause in the original purpose for the organization. Someone else may know more.
However, the US under Obama has seen an increase in UN interference and letters castigating us for things which have little to do with its original purpose. UN and NATO have similarly begun to overrule much of the European countries under the guise of the EU. Mandates, letters of disavowal and a multitude of offices on campuses around the US promoting and validating the socialist purposes and goals of “pie-in-the-sky NWO” has no place in our country. Even his speeches before the UN suggests that the United States is a miscreant, evil country that needs to be whipped into shape by the big bad UN.
At this point, I have no idea what Trump will actually do once he gets into office and is faced with reality. But, it is to be hoped that some of his campaign speeches on this subject come home to roost and we see a major shift in what and how the United States works with the UN. After all, one of the main reasons he got elected was the phrase “The United States First” and that its prosperity must first be ensured in order to better help others.