UN Funding and Participation To Be Slashed Under Trump Executive Order, by Streiff, 1/25/17
The Trump administration is preparing executive orders that would clear the way to drastically reduce the United States’ role in the United Nations and other international organizations, as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, officials said.
The first of the two draft orders, titled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” and obtained by The New York Times, calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets any one of several criteria.
Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea. The draft order also calls for terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.
The order calls for then enacting “at least a 40 percent overall decrease” in remaining United States funding toward international organizations.
The second executive order, “Moratorium on New Multilateral Treaties,” calls for a review of all current and pending treaties with more than one other nation. It asks for recommendations on which negotiations or treaties the United States should leave.
The order says this review applies only to multilateral treaties that are not “directly related to national security, extradition or international trade,” but it is unclear what falls outside these restrictions.
For example, the Paris climate agreement or other environmental treaties deal with trade issues but could potentially fall under this order.
An explanatory statement that accompanies the draft order mentions two United Nations treaties for review: the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Trump executive order, cutting billions in UN funding, singles out peacekeeping, International Criminal Court, UNFPA https://t.co/l7HNWlqBUk
— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) January 25, 2017
Canceling UN Treaties, by Eric Beech,
Trump preparing executive orders to reduce U.S. role in U.N.: NY Times
The Trump administration is preparing executive orders that would clear the way to drastically reduce the U.S. role in the United Nations and other international organizations, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The executive orders would also begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, the Times reported, citing unnamed officials. (Writing by Eric Beech)
It looks like Trump could cut federal spending by 30%. That would be over $1 trillion dollars before he is done. This appears to be happening as they prepare the budget. His first priority is to cut away at immigration, reduce taxes and bring in jobs; it looks like federal spending cuts will happen as well in real time.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader