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Trump’s Next Executive Orders: “Drastically Reducing” US Role In International Organizations, Ending Treaties

In the latest surprise to come from the Trump administration, the NYT reports that in the Trump administration is preparing a set of executive orders aimed at isolating the US and which would allow the United States to “drastically reduce” its role and involvement in the United Nations and other international organizations, “as well as begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, officials said.” The order calls for then enacting “at least a 40% overall decrease” in remaining United States funding toward international organizations.

The first of the two draft orders, titled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets any one of several criteria.  It was not immediately clear if NATO is also among the international organizations targeted.

Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea. The draft order also calls for terminating funding for any organization that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is blamed for the persecution of marginalized groups or any other systematic violation of human rights.

According to the NYT, the agency most targeted at least initially is the UN:

 

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