The United States has long borne a disproportionate share of the funding to the United Nations. But the Trump administration just announced that they are reducing its funding to the international body by $285 million. The move comes after the United Nations General Assembly rebuked the United States for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.
The U.S. Mission to the United Nations announced Sunday that it negotiated a major reduction in the U.N.’s budget for the upcoming fiscal years.
According to a statement from the mission, the 2018-2019 U.N. budget will have a $285 million reduction from the previous two years.
“In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system,” the statement reads.
One of the Trump administration’s goals has been to reduce the amount of contributions the U.S. makes to the U.N. The U.S. currently provides for about 22 percent of the annual budget, or about $3.3 billion per year, according to PolitiFact.