Trump finally hits the UN … Americans can’t wait to see plan in action

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President Donald Trump is making good on his promise to put America first by directing a major cut to United Nations funding.

The administration has instructed the State Department to cut more than 50 percent of U.S. funding to United Nations programs, according to Foreign Policy. The U.S. currently spends about $10 billion a year on the United Nations.

The 2018 budget proposal prepared by the White House Office of Management and Budget, is scheduled to be released Thursday. It is expected to include a 37 percent budget cut to the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development budgets, and other foreign assistance programs, including the U.N.

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It is not yet clear if the proposed budget to be released Thursday will reflect the full extent of the U.N. cuts or, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed, the reductions would be phased in over next three years.

Programs funded by State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, like peacekeeping, UNICEF, and the U.N. Development Programme, could feel the greatest impact of the proposed cuts. But whether other programs funded out of separate accounts in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department, like the World Food Programme and U.N. refugee operations, will be affected remains unclear.

Richard Gowan, a U.N. expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said cuts of this level would spark “chaos” if true.

With the U.S. providing $1.5 billion of the U.N. refugee agency’s $4 billion budget last year, Gowan said the cuts would “leave a gaping hole that other big donors would struggle to fill.”

“Multiply that across other humanitarian agencies like the World Food Programme and you are basically talking about the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it,” he told Foreign Policy.

But the slash in funding is aimed to offset Trump’s projected $54 billion increase in defense spending, following the president’s promise to strengthen America’s military.

While Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has cautioned against drastic cuts, she is reportedly reviewing the U.N.’s 16 peacekeeping missions to see if she can find room for cuts.

Twitter users applauded the decision and some thought the cuts were not steep enough.

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