While some of President Donald Trump’s marquee initiatives have foundered in his first few weeks in office, the budget put out by the White House shows that Trump is sticking to some of his key promises.
Among them are his much-touted cuts to US contributions to the UN and international programs.
“We’re absolutely reducing funding to the UN and to the various foreign aid programs, including those run by the UN and other agencies,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters in mid-March, when Trump’s proposed budget was unveiled.
“That should come as a surprise to no one who watched the campaign,” Mulvaney added. “The president said specifically hundreds of times.…’I’m going to spend less money on people oversees and more money on people back home,’ and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this budget.”
Mulvaney’s office has told the US State Department to expect all of the $326 million allotted to the International Organizations and Programs account to be cut, along with $70 million given to the UN Development Program.
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