Donald Trump sticks to his well-known policy: America always first. The hidden tension between the UN and Trump’s administration now erupted after Trump makes major withdrawal over evidence of anti-Israel bias in the organization. Of course, the liberal leaders didn’t show support for Donald Trump and his efforts to stimulate the world to take world terrorism and N. Korean threat more seriously. Now, Trump is running out of patience.
The State Department announced Thursday its decision to withdraw from UNESCO, citing “continuing anti-Israel bias” and financial mismanagement at the U.N.’s educational, cultural and science organization.
“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.
The U.S. will remain engaged with UNESCO as a non-member observer state after the withdrawal takes effect on Dec. 31, 2018, according to Nauert.
The U.S. helped establish UNESCO after World War II to help protect world heritage, establish journalistic freedoms and promote scientific collaboration and education.
UNESCO is best known for the World Heritage program, which helps maintain historical sites of “outstanding universal value” around the world.
However, Israel recalled its ambassador to UNESCO in 2016 following the organization’s passage of several resolutions that denied Israel’s cultural and religious ties to East Jerusalem.
As a candidate for president, Donald Trump weighed in on UNESCO’s resolutions, calling them a “one-sided attempt to ignore Israel’s 3,000-year bond to its capital city” and “further evidence of the enormous anti-Israel bias” at the United Nations,” according to the U.K. Independent.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson notified French President Emmanuel Macron about the U.S. decision to withdraw several weeks ago, according to Foreign Policy.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed “profound regret” at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris-based organization.
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Bokova said U.S. decision to withdraw was a “loss for multilateralism.”
“Universality is critical to UNESCO’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” she said, according to The Washington Post.
Thursday marks the second time the U.S. has withdrawn from the organization.
Former President Ronald Reagan pulled out of UNESCO in 1984, citing concerns that it had a pro-Soviet Union bias.
Former President George W. Bush rejoined UNESCO in 2002, but the U.S. pulled funding less than 10 years later when the organization accepted Palestine into its ranks as a member.
This is a huge and serious decision. Our country is not part of UNESCO anymore. Trump said that UN literally exists on the back of the American taxpayer because the US cover near half of all expenses of the organization and it’s really not fair if they work against the interests of the USA. Conspiracies are not allowed anymore, Obama’s era ended.
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