from the Washington Examiner:
Nikki Haley to UN: US ‘will not pay more than 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget’
U.S. taxpayers “will not pay more than 25 percent of the [United Nations] peacekeeping budget,” Ambassador Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.
“We pledge to work with member states and the organization to ensure we make this adjustment in a fair and sensible manner that protects U.N. peacekeeping,” Haley said during a meeting on the U.N. peacekeeping mission.
President Trump’s administration has sought to reduce U.S. spending on U.N. peacekeeping throughout his first year in office.
It’s part of an overall push to reduce spending, since Trump believes allies takes advantage of the United States in unfair agreements.
“One country should not shoulder more than one quarter of the U.N. peacekeeping budget, and we look forward to a more equitable distribution of the budget among member states,” Haley said. “All of us have a role to play, and all of us must step up.”
The United States provides about 28.5 percent of the $6.8 billion provided under the approved U.N. peacekeeping budget. The promised reduction comes as U.N. peacekeepers face the internal problem of reforming an institution stained by sexual abuse scandals, as well as the rising threat of external attacks by terrorists.