Haley: "we've cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget "
In March the White House instructed the State Department to cut their budgets for UN programs nearly in half
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley cheered cuts to the UN’s peacekeeping budget Wednesday, adding that “we’re only getting started.”
“Just 5 months into our time here, we’ve cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we’re only getting started,” Haley tweeted.
The UN struck a deal on Wednesday that cuts $600 million from the annual peacekeeping budget of more than $7.5 billion–slicing 7.5 percent off America’s bill, Reuters reported. Initially the US had proposed more budget slashing, which would have dropped its contributions by more than 10 percent.
In March, the White House instructed the State Department and the US mission to the United Nations to cut their budgets for UN programs nearly in half, including US peacekeeping and development assistance, two senior US officials told CNN at the time.
The proposed cuts reflected a desire by the Trump administration to reduce US commitments to international organizations. Since the former South Carolina governor was appointed to the Cabinet-level diplomatic post by President Donald Trump, Haley has, in conjunction with other countries, overseen major cuts from the UN peacekeeping efforts.
In just her first week as US ambassador, Haley made reform of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations a top priority.