MAR-A-LAGO, Florida, USA (sentinel.ht) – “When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don’t. They cause problems,” said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Mr. Trump and Republicans are mounting pressure for the global organization to start living up to its potential or expect Americans to remove support.
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
It’s not just Mr. Trump but much of the anti-establishment conservatives in the Republican party. Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin also called on the president-elect to quit the U.N., saying:
“We are the ones that need to call for this, that the UN shackles be next on the chopping block… I think many of us have called for America to really step up and consider what it is that we are funding and supporting via the UN, and how it works so hard really against U.S. interests…”
Former rival, Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R), is also on board with Donald Trump. Mr. Cruz said he is producing a resolution to cut U.S. funding from the United Nations and it appears this will be a fight to not back down. Another former rival, Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC-R), seconded Mr. Cruz.
While the growth of anti-U.N. sentiment is due to the Security Council’s resolution against Israeli settlements, Mr. Trump has been upset with the United Nations long before even clinching the GOP nomination.
In March, before officially clinching the Republican nomination, Donald Trump said “the United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It’s not a friend to freedom. It’s not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home.” The then-GOP presidential front-runner was speaking before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington but many third world countries would agree with Mr. Trump’s position.