In December 2016, Donald Trump tweeted that the UN has “such great potential”, but it has become “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!”
A couple of days later he tweeted again: “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan 20th.” Just how different that might yet be became apparent in another tweet that defied any rudimentary grasp of reality: “We will also cancel billions in global warming payments to the United Nations, and use that money to support America’s vital environmental infrastructure and natural resources.”
DONALD Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was rejected by an overwhelming majority at the UN. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the vote “disrespected” America and President Trump threatened to cut-off billions of aid money to those nations who opposed him.
Here are five things that could happen if the United States leaves the U.N.:
It could create complicated diplomatic relationships.
If the United States leaves the U.N., it faces the threat of harsh sanctions and hostile relations. The proposed bill would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945. The repeal would revoke the United States’ veto and seat as one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The U.S. would be effectively surrendering its right to participate in negotiations.
Not to mention, as far as diplomacy goes, it’s far easier to negotiate when the majority of world players are set on one stage, rather than conducting individual consultation. It would make the processes of coalition building and diplomacy drastically more complicated and expensive.
It could undermine the authority of the U.N.
If the United States leaves the U.N., the agency will continue to exist as a much weaker entity with limited authority abroad. The U.N. was created as a multilateral organization meant to promote international cooperation. If its initial champion, the nation that has hosted the institution’s headquarters from its beginning, was to withdraw, it would create a precedent that erodes the principles on which the U.N. was founded.
It could decrease funding for the U.N. and its various programs.
The United States is the U.N.’s single largest contributor. It funds approximately 22 percent of the primary budget and 28 percent of peacekeeping operations. A U.S. departure would cause a financial crisis within the U.N. that would, in turn, prompt massive cuts. The cuts would be similar to those experienced after the U.S. cut funding to UNESCO in 2011 following the agency’s incorporation of Palestine.
It could debilitate American interests abroad.
Assuming cuts are necessary if the United States leaves the U.N., the first will likely be made to programs in which the U.S. has invested copious amounts of time, effort and money. Representation of American interests will falter abroad. The perception that the U.S. has failed to heed global concerns will grow.
It could pave the way for a new world power and, with it, a new humanitarian agenda.
If the United States were to pull its funding from the U.N., it would equip other countries to parallel its benefaction. These countries would gain the power and influence American diplomacy has historically maintained within the platform.
President Donald Trump indicated in his inaugural address the United States could turn its back on the rest of the world, his so-called America first protectionist stance.
“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” Trump said.
US point to the billions of dollars wasted, while the UN consistently works against American plans. America pays more into the UN than any other country, yet American recommendations get vetoed by global elites with their own agenda.
The United Nations, in an organization established to promote international cooperation in the wake of World War II.