President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to sign two executive orders that will put distance between the United States and the U.N. and other global organizations that show bias towards the Palestinians.
According to the New York Times, the Trump administration is developing one executive order that would shut down U.S. funding for the United Nations and any other international body that meets a set of specific criteria for exclusion.
Among the criteria: Any group that gives the Palestinian Authority or the Palestinian Liberation Organization full membership would no longer benefit from U.S. funding. The draft order also states that any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” will be left out in the cold, financially speaking.
According to the Times, Trump’s order will call for a 40% reduction in funding for any organization that does not meet the terms set forth by the administration. President Trump will create a committee to review the U.S. government’s current financial obligations to the UN and others and make recommendations about where funds should be frozen.
The Times also reported on a second executive order in development, currently being called the “Moratorium on New Multilateral Treaties.” The impetus of the order is to review all existing treaties the U.S. has with nations around the world.
Whether these executive orders have a tangible effect on U.S, spending remains to be seen, but they are of great symbolic importance in the opening days of the Trump presidency. All along, Trump has argued that there’s nothing wrong with our country’s international affairs that some decent negotiating can’t fix. By signing these two orders, he’s putting the world on notice: Conform to our wishes or find your money elsewhere. This is a step that should have been taken long ago.
The media likes to present Trump as this fervent isolationist who wants to cut America off from the world, but nothing could be further from the truth. He’s a capitalist of the highest order. He believes in free trade. He believes in NATO. He believes in the importance of keeping the U.S. active around the world.
What he doesn’t believe in is handing billions of dollars to organizations and countries that have no respect for the U.S., democracy, or freedom. What he doesn’t believe in are lopsided treaty deals and trade agreements that help everyone except American workers. What he doesn’t believe in is supporting organizations that favor terrorists over U.S. allies.
It’s simple. It’s two words. America First.