Donald Trump’s foreign policy objectives have been difficult to decipher. At times he appears ultra-isolationist, and at others he appears willing – very willing – to engage countries and regimes traditionally viewed as hostile to the United States. One thing does appear clear: Trump does not want to spend money on foreign assistance through the United Nations.
As reported by Foreign Policy, “State Department staffers have been instructed to seek cuts in excess of 50% in U.S. funding for U.N. programs, signaling an unprecedented retreat by President Trump’s administration from international operations that keep the peace, provide vaccines for children, monitor rogue nuclear weapons programs, and promote peace talks from Syria to Yemen, according to three sources.”
One expert quoted by Foreign Policy said that cuts of this magnitude would create “chaos” and “leave a gaping hole that other big donors would struggle to fill.”
“Multiply that across other humanitarian agencies, like the World Food Program, and you are basically talking about the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it,” the expert continued.
So while Trump scrounges around looking for $22 billion to fund his ridiculous wall on the Mexican border, he sees no problem cutting funding for programs proven to promote peace, healthy children, famine relief, and nuclear weapons monitoring. The age of Trump is upon us.