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UN High Commissioner for Refugees in US to lobby Trump Admin; needs more of your money

Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 2, 2017

There is nothing unexpected about this interview of UNHCR Filippo Grandi during his trip to Washington this week in hopes of getting a commitment by the Trump Administration for more refugees to be sent to your towns and more money for the UNHCR’s ‘vital’ work.

But, what prompted me to bother writing about it, is a strange omission in the subtitles (the original video this morning had subtitles) and text transcript of the PBS youtube clip.

LOL! The title of the interview is: U.N. refugee chief hopes for ‘robust’ resettlement programs in U.S. They love that word “robust” in relation to refugee resettlement. Pay attention going forward and you will see it used everywhere in the Leftwing media.

For new readers, it is the UNHCR which picks the majority of the refugees coming to the US. (BTW, UNHCR refers both to the man and to the agency).

Here is a snip of the text from PBS:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Brutal wars in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have forced the world’s populations of refugees and displaced persons to near record highs.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has signaled its intention to substantially change U.S. refugee policy.

Filippo Grandi, who is the United Nations’ top official leading the response to the refugee crisis, is in Washington this week for meetings at the White House and Pentagon.

Our William Brangham sat down with him earlier this evening.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Hi, Commissioner Filippo Grandi. Welcome.

At this point they yak about security screening, blah, blah, blah and Grandi says how excited he is by words Ambassador Nikki Haley recently uttered in favor of more refugee protection by the US.

Then this:

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Lastly, a quick question on funding.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees glass-fronted building in posh 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).

I know this is obviously an enormous challenge for the U.N. Do you have enough money to do the work you need to do?

FILIPPO GRANDI: Certainly not.

Our budget last year was calculated at 7 billion U.S. dollars, 2016. We got billion U.S. dollars. So about 55 percent of our needs the covered. This means that we do a lot of prioritization. And we prioritize, evidently. With so many refugee crises, with 65 million refugees and displaced people around the world, we have to prioritize lifesaving activities.

What does that mean? Why is the sentence in red missing some facts?  Was his accent so thick that PBS couldn’t accurately transcribe what he said?

In fact, when I checked the video (you can see it here at about 4:58), there is a key word missing.  What is the key word (a number)—he said: We got $4 billion U.S. dollars (and his English is very good).  So why did PBS leave out such an important bit of news?

Are they saying that the US supplies $4 billion?  No, see hereThe $7 billion figure Grandi throws out is just their DREAM budget.  They get about $4 billion from all sources and the US ponies up $1.5 billion (Obama dollars) of that.

My suggestion for trimming the budget! Get rid of that grandiose building in Switzerland!

Endnote: Watch for it—a photo of Grandi with Senator John McCain (and or Lindsey Graham) will show up. Both Senators can be counted on to pressure Trump (the meany) for more refugee spending and for more refugee laborers for your towns and cities.

8 Responses to “UN High Commissioner for Refugees in US to lobby Trump Admin; needs more of your money”

  1. All islamic nations should be divided into two parts one where islam is followed other where muslims followers want to practice democracy, like these refugees tired of islam
    Resettling them in west and europe is a bad idea .

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  2. FatherJon said

    Why doesn’t Trump tell these emotional parasites to go to buggery? The UNHCR is just another arm of the floating cocktail party that sucks off the teat of the West. It’s composed of many faceless, nameless individuals who mostly come from third world elites and who rely on their salaries from the American and other Western taxpayers. $4 billion dollars could be better spent looking after our own poor and homeless instead of backing third world despots, all of whom despise our ‘profligacies’ and comfortable lives.

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  3. pull out of the U.N, right now tall them to kiss of!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. WHY SHOULD WE PAY 70%, TO HELL WITH UN

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  5. GO TO THE SAUDIS…WHERE ARE THE SAUDIS ?

    .DONOR PROFILES

    All governmental donors who funded UNHCR’s activities in recent years are included in this section. Total contributions received from the private sector and national associations are also included in the donor profiles. The profiles for governmental donors include rankings based on three different criteria. The profiles also include a chart showing the contribution and earmarking trends for governmental contributions. Only contributions that have been recorded against the selected budget year are included. Contributions that were received that same year, but recorded for activities in another year, are reflected in the latter.

    http://reporting.unhcr.org/donor-profiles#_ga=2.7921595.883409204.1496412705-905539041.1496412705

    THE REAL NUMBERS…

    Top Donors
    2016: Top 10 government donors *

    USA 1,493,799,619

    European Union 341,606,227

    Germany 283,888,027

    Japan 164,726,114

    Canada 117,250,790

    United Kingdom 113,854,401

    Sweden 109,397,030

    Norway 94,126,671

    Netherlands 57,991,547

    Denmark 55,538,063

    http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/donors.html

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  6. seabrznsun said

    I looking forward to the recent announcement by President Trump and the Arab Nations to set up areas for refugees close to their homes so they can more easily return home once all the forces settle the terrorist activity and bring the areas under control.

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  7. The stench of Obama’s commitment to derail America’s “better than all other nations combined” humane contributions to the betterment of the world and replace our splendid record with his own personal Obamaphate, dovetailed with the Islam/Sharia sleazy commitment to slaughter it’s way around the world until every country bends to Muhammed’s demands/dreams. It is astounding how many American “icons”, (handsomely paid powerbroker elites) know of this horrendous direction that their stamp of approval enables the destruction of humanity and the death of millions, all in their name. They, nor their families, will ever have to live with the horrors they create.

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  8. Surely before the High Commissioner arrives in the US, he will have gained commitment of the several Muslim nations to triple-match US funding, and to set up temporary lodging of so-called Refugees in their countries for eventual repatriation.

    Err … oh, no?

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