Nikki Haley proved in front of the UN why she is the perfect fit as America’s UN Ambassador. President Trump’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital was met with a foul response by many members of the UN. In fact, 128 countries voted to reject Trump’s decision.
Nikki Haley issued a brilliant response against those that voted against the U.S. and Israel’s interest, implying a possible defunding for those countries.
This prompted one Muslim diplomat to accuse the U.S. of bullying:
“States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.”
A senior diplomat from a Muslim country, speaking on condition of anonymity, said of @nikkihaley‘s letter: “States resort to such blatant bullying only when they know they do not have a moral or legal argument to convince others.” https://t.co/x86IDjiDyL
— Michelle Nichols (@michellenichols) December 20, 2017
Actually it is when a country is tired of being taken for granted.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
Haley is absolutely right. The U.S. is taken way for granted. How much so? Here’s a startling fact: from 2016 to 2018, the U.S. has and will pay a total of 22% of the UN’s total budget. That means we pay for nearly a quarter of the UN’s fees despite there being a total of 193 countries taking part.
How much do some of these other country’s pay? For comparison, the next highest paying country is Japan, which pays only around 9%. Here’s the biggest shocker: 135 of the countries contribute less than 0.1%.
This also doesn’t take into consideration the fact that the U.S. also gives millions in aid to many of the countries part of the UN.
As Haley says, the U.S. is tired of being taken advantage of. Perhaps it’s time we scale back and save ourselves the money and let these countries fare on their own without our generous monetary aid.
Haley’s remarks echo the sentiment that many Americans are feeling. We no longer want to be paying exorbitant sums to countries that aren’t going to return the generosity in kind.
Is it time America starts putting itself first?