Congressional Republicans are NOT happy with the way the Obama administration has been running roughshod across our planet over the last few weeks, and they are beginning to fight back. The last straw seems to have been the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw support from Israel on a crucial vote before the U.N. Security Council. Now GOP leaders from across the ideological spectrum are coming together to demand retribution from the U.N., and they are considering all methods at their disposal to show their distaste…
Including defunding the U.N. and withdrawing every red American cent of support from the international body.
Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) mentioned the possibility on Twitter on Christmas Eve.
Spoke w/ Israeli PM @netanyahu tonight to wish him Happy Chanukah & assure him of strong support in Congress. No US $ for UN until reversed.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 24, 2016
Senator [score]Lindsey Graham[/score] (R-SC) echoed Cruz’s comments in an appearance on CNN.
“It’s that important to me. This is a road we haven’t gone down before. If you can’t show the American people that international organizations can be more responsible, there is going to be a break. And I am going to lead that break…
I will do everything in my power, working with the new administration and Congress, to leave no doubt about where America stands when it comes to the peace process and where we stand with the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel…”
Graham then explained that the United States provides about 22% of the UN’s budget which is a MUCH larger portion of the budget than any other single nation provides (the 2nd largest is Japan at about 11%). Graham added that Trump could use the defund effort to improve the nation’s position at the UN.
“Trump is a good negotiator. Let’s see if this give him some leverage…”
Defunding the United Nations would be a huge step (and I’d love to see it) for Congress to take, and I have serious doubts about the likelihood of such action. However, Congress doesn’t need to follow through on the threat to force the U.N. into action. The sooner Trump is in office and Obama is gone… the better.