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One report: Trump Dept. of State to cut funding to UN by 50%

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 15, 2017

That is the news from The Hill two days ago!

Finally an elusive number I’ve wondered about for years is mentioned here:

The US pays $1.5 billion of the $4 billion annual budget of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees glass-fronted building in Geneva. Imagine what this costs to staff and run in Switzerland! American taxpayers pay 37% of it! ($1.5 billion of an annual $4 billion budget).

That is the agency of the UN choosing our refugees for your towns and cities!

The Hill:

President Trump’s administration has told the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported.

The push for the drastic reductions comes as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 topline budget proposal Thursday, which is expected to include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets.***

It’s not clear if Trump’s budget plan, from the Office of Management and Budget, would reflect the full extent of Trump’s proposed cuts to the U.N.

[….]

The U.S. spends roughly $10 billion annually on the U.N., and the cuts could have the greatest impact on peacekeeping, the U.N. development program and UNICEF, which are funded by State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

The fate of other popular [?—ed] programs, like the World Food Programme and U.N. refugee operations, are less clear. The World Food Programme’s funding comes from the Department of Agriculture.

Let the wailing begin….

Richard Gowan, a U.N. expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the alterations would spark “chaos” if true.

Richard Gowan, European Council on Foreign Relations, said cuts would bring “chaos.” Photo: http://www.ecfr.eu/experts

“[It would] leave a gaping hole that other big donors would struggle to fill,” he told FP, pointing to how the U.S. provided $1.5 billion of the U.N. refugee agency’s $4 billion budget last year.

“Multiply that across other humanitarian agencies like the World Food Programme and you are basically talking about the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”

More here, and then yesterday The Washington Post reported the news as well, but does not mention the UNHCR.

The Post quotes Trump’s UN ambassdor Nikki Haley as saying the following in her confirmation hearing in January. (Just a reminder dear readers that Haley works for Trump, so let’s hope she is now on the same page as the President!)

  “I do not think we need to pull money from the U.N. We don’t believe in slash-and-burn.”

***Let’s talk about USAID for a minute!

We haven’t written much over the years about the Agency for  International Development which also gives gobs and gobs of (your) money to some federal refugee contractors.

I knew the International Rescue Committee couldn’t be pulling in millions from solely seeding refugees in places like Missoula, Montana, so I checked USA Spending just now to see what they were getting from USAID. Yikes!  Here is a screen shot of one tiny portion of one page. (These are grants from 2008 to 2016).

The IRC received nearly $1 billion from US taxpayers during the Obama years!

No wonder they have money to community-organize against citizens in small city America!

 

Six transactions of 971!

 

For our complete archive on the IRC, click here.

Cut Donald, cut!

10 Responses to “One report: Trump Dept. of State to cut funding to UN by 50%”

  1. Dave Lubin said

    Bravo Mr. Trump

    On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:02 AM, Refugee Resettlement Watch wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “That is the news from The Hill two days ago! Finally > an elusive number I’ve wondered about for years is mentioned here: The US > pays $1.5 billion of the $4 billion annual budget of the UN High > Commissioner for Refugees. That is the agency of the U” >

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  2. He should cut UN funding 100%. What an insane use of taxpayer money. We pay them to bring in who they want with no approval from us so we just end up being a dumping ground and then have to support them after they get here. What is wrong with this picture? I’ve never figured out what benefit we get from being a member and it seems we just flush $1 billion down the toilet like we are so flush with money. I’m glad the adults are in charge but wish they would pick up a little speed and prioritize their agenda. The President. has the constitutional authority to stop the refugees and these punk political judges are winning the battle. What am I missing?

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  3. rcdrury said

    One half down, one half to go!

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  4. The UN is responsible for this odd sort of migration happening. Immigration is not what it was from our grandparents time, this is a new kind, where the world’s poorest are imported into the world’s richest nation: USA. It is part and parcel of the UN’s goal to end “income inequality”http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/inequality/ See Goal 10 “TARGETS”. Another means to an end to this goal is American’s taking on enormous Social Security Disability payments- it used to be for real, physical impairments (such as blindness, paraplegia, terminal illnesses) now individuals receive 100% disability for morbid obesity(!) “bad back”, one man on TV on the Judge Judy program had been on it for 3 years and still on it for a broken toe. Importing poverty and increasing income using any means necessary, getting everyone on the dole, is the implementation of logistical communism. The argument that some make that “we are all immigrants” is not true and is a false dichotomy: we are citizens, not immigrants- and my grandparents were not flown in on the US taxpayer’s dime, he was given no welfare or housing, and in fact he started a successful company that employs now hundreds of Americans. He had to prove he would not be a burden on this country. We are taking ON burdens now, as the reason for bringing them in. This is unAmerican, it is both fascist (by taxpayers funding private corporations and organizations- the definition of fascism, by the way) and communist.

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    • jamesehorn said

      The fifty-seven (Obama’s 57) states of the Organization of Islamic cooperation dominate the UN, and pull its strings, telling people how to act and perform for them.

      The USA has, for too long been the golden goose, and it’s high time for the goose to stop producing.

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  5. jamesehorn said

    This is way long overdue. The UNHCR no longer serves the real, genuine needs of refugees. The UNHCR takes its directions from the 57-Moslems states who now run the UN. The UNHCR is being used to funnel hateful, violent civilizationophobes into decent countries in order to establish sharia laws and an Islamist rule.

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  6. eyeswideoopen said

    50% is only enough if the following year, it’s cut by another 25% and the year after than, the U.S. pays ZERO to the United Nations. They should also be invited to leave New York. Maybe we could donate a building to them someplace… like Somalia? Sounds good to me.

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  7. George Soros, Gates, Buffett, Bezos can make up the difference out of THEIR pockets

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  8. I had no idea we were spending so much ($1.5B) on the UN refugee program! Talk about funding our own demise!

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  9. I didn’t like Nikki Haley’s pro-refugee actions as governor. When Trump picked her for the UN I thought it would be wonderful if she accepted the position, Trump defunded the UN and she was out of a job. Looks like that scenario just might happen! As a bonus, she was replaced by a very pro-Trump governor. What a Trumpian way to MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

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