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Nikki Haley is one of those people that if I were somehow on the other end of an argument or a debate of any kind with her I would just give up and walk away.

She seems to have this amazing gift when it comes to telling people the truth and using the truth against them.

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley who has made it clear in the past that U.S. would be cutting its budget with regard to the U.N., announced that the U.S. would no longer be paying more than its share of the UN peacekeeping budget.

Previously, the U.S. had cut $285 million from the general budget in part. Now, Haley said, they’re also looking at the peacekeeping money.

From AP: The United States will no longer shoulder more than a quarter of the multibillion-dollar costs of the United Nations’ peacekeeping operations, Washington’s envoy said Wednesday.

“Peacekeeping is a shared responsibility,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said at a Security Council debate on peacekeeping reform. “All of us have a role to play, and all of us must step up.”

The U.S. is the biggest contributor, assessed about 28.5 percent of this year’s $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget.

Citing a 25 percent cap in a U.S. law, Haley said it will be the limit “moving forward.” The U.S. Mission to the U.N. later said her remarks apply to the current peacekeeping budget year.

The second-largest contributor, China, is assessed a bit over 10 percent.

The U.N. now runs 15 peacekeeping missions worldwide. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has complained before about the cost and pressed to cut this year’s budget. It is $570 million below last year’s, a smaller decrease than the U.S. wanted.

“We’re only getting started,” Haley said when the cut was approved in June. It followed a $400 million trim the prior year, before Trump’s administration.

 

Haley said Wednesday that the U.S. will work to make sure cuts in its portion are done “in a fair and sensible manner that protects U.N. peacekeeping.”

Congress passed a law under former President Bill Clinton to cap the peacekeeping budget at 25%. But under former President Barack Obama, they violated that cap.

From CNS: In 2000 the U.N. committed to reducing the U.S. peacekeeping assessment to 25 percent of the total and through the following decade it was gradually reduced, from 30.28 percent in 2000 to 25.96 percent in 2009. But then in 2010 it began picking up again as the administration and Congress amended U.S. law to raise the cap for specific periods.

“The U.S. should resume pressure on the U.N. to lower the U.S. peacekeeping assessment to 25 percent by refusing to pay more than this amount and tying payment of any resulting arrears to adoption by the U.N. of a maximum peacekeeping assessment of 25 percent,” Schaefer wrote in a recent brief.

Peacekeeping missions have been rife with problems, everything from corruption to sexual abuse.

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