U.S. President Trump’s Preliminary Budget To Include Proposed Cuts To State, USAID, U.N.; Final Numbers Could Change, State Department Spokesperson Says
CNN: White House demands deep cuts to State, U.N. funds
“The White House has instructed the State Department and the U.S. mission to the United Nations to cut their budgets for U.N. programs nearly in half, including U.S. peacekeeping and development assistance, two senior U.S. officials told CNN on Monday. The dramatic cuts, which include [reductions] in funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, reflect a desire by the Trump administration to reduce U.S. commitments to international organizations…” (Labott/Cohen, 3/14).
Washington Post: White House seeking significant cuts to U.S. payments to United Nations
“…U.S. officials cautioned that the outline of President Trump’s preliminary budget, to be released Thursday, is unlikely to reveal much in the way of intentions for specific programs. ‘We’re early in the process with respect to budget numbers … it may look very differently a couple weeks or a couple of months down the road,’ acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday. But the outline could provide an indication of how the administration plans to deal with an international institution that Trump during his campaign said caused more problems than it solved, and was ‘just a club for people to get together and talk and have a good time’…” (DeYoung/Demirjian, 3/14).