(National Sentinel) No More Freeloading: The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, put member nations on notice Tuesday that their “generous” aid packages could be in danger of being cut if they continued to vote against American interests.
In following up on an earlier threat to “take names,” Haley made reference to the release of the State Department’s annual report that details the voting records of member nations.
“This is not an acceptable return on our investment,” she said in a statement.
Haley was not satisfied that of the 10 member nations that voted with the U.S. the least were still receiving American aid.
“The American people pay 22 percent of the UN budget – more than the next three highest donor countries combined. In spite of this generosity, the rest of the UN voted with us only 31 percent of the time, a lower rate than in 2016,” she said.
That’s because we care more about being right than popular and are once again standing up for our interests and values.”
The report noted that the other member nations voted with the U.S. only 31 percent of the time last year — 10 percent less often than the previous year, The Daily Caller reported.
The news site added:
Among those nations that voted with the U.S. the least, there were several which are still receiving monetary aid. Zimbabwe, for example, received $58 million in aid but didn’t vote with the U.S. once. Syria and South Africa also received tens of millions in aid despite rarely voting with the U.S.
Haley said that very well could change in the future now that she has the data to determine who does and does not support the U.S.
“When we arrived at the UN last year, we said we would be taking names, and this list of voting records speaks for itself,” she said.
“President Trump wants to ensure that our foreign assistance dollars – the most generous in the world – always serve American interests, and we look forward to helping him see that the American people are no longer taken for granted.”