White House tells State Department to slash U.N. funding

The White House has instructed the State Department to cut 50 percent of U.S. funding for United Nations programs, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday The order came as the White House prepared for the Thursday release of its 2018 budget proposal. The proposal would affect peacekeeping efforts across the world, including in Syria and Yemen, as well as campaigns that provide vaccines to children, fight famine, and monitor nuclear weapons programs. The U.S. is the biggest contributor to the U.N.’s budget, funding 22 percent of the organization’s costs. The proposal would “leave a gaping hole that other big donors would struggle to fill,” said U.N. expert Richard Gowan, potentially leading to “the breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”

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