President Trump has told his State Department to cut over 50% of U.S. federal funding for United Nations programs, The Hill reported today.
The demand for drastic reductions comes just as the White House is scheduled to release its 2018 budget proposal Thursday, which will also include a 37 percent cut to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.
The United States spends roughly $10 billion annually on the U.N., and its most significant spending cuts ordered by the Trump Administration could include U.N. development programs and UNICEF, which is partially funded by the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
It is unclear whether Trump will order cuts to other international programs such as the World Food Programme and refugee operations, the report said.
Centrist Republicans such as John McCain will likely not be pleased, but staunch conservatives have been calling for a complete divorce from the United Nations for decades. “It’s the conservative point of view that we shouldn’t even belong to the U.N.,” declared uber-con Representative Ron Paul at CPAC in 2011.