Supporting U.N. Both ‘Moral Imperative,’ ‘Aligned With U.S. National Security’
Huffington Post: A Misguided War On The United Nations
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
“…Supporting the United Nations is both a moral imperative and aligned with our own national security interests. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to some of the reckless rhetoric from the White House and on Capitol Hill. During her confirmation hearing, Ambassador Nikki Haley insisted that she does not believe in ‘slash and burn’ attempts to decrease U.S. funding for the United Nations. Yet, the Trump budget does just that. … When I asked Ambassador Haley what point was being made with this budget, she replied ‘to build up our military.’ But she had no defense for why such a goal had to be paid for by children around the world who rely on UNICEF for more than one-third of basic vaccinations. Furthermore, decreasing U.S. support for U.N. peacekeeping efforts will actually end up costing us more in the long run. … A unilateral retreat, which is what the president’s budget represents, would neither improve the U.N., nor make our nation more secure…” (7/5).