President Trump has successfully advocated for cutting waste at the UN. Changes made to the organization’s structure allowed the UN to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from their budget, while making the organization more efficient.
The United States remains the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing roughly $10 billion in 2018, slightly less than one-fifth of the body’s collective budget. Although President Donald J. Trump has sought major funding cuts to UN agencies, Congress has by and large approved higher contributions than requested by his administration, and overall U.S. funding has remained on par with prior years. However, if President Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid spending go through this year, the United Nations will likely be forced to undergo significant changes.
In his 2018 speech at the UN General Assembly, Trump said, “The United States is committed to making the United Nations more effective and accountable . . . Only when each of us does our part and contributes our share can we realize the UN’s highest aspirations.”