Former President Barack Obama poured at least $9.2 billion of American taxpayers’ money into the United Nations and its agencies during his last year in office.
The State Department recently disclosed the amount via a document it posted on its website that provides a summary of U.S. government spending outlaid to international organizations.
Funding the global community more and more
The total of $9.2 billion is an increase of approximately 20 percent, compared to the $7.7 billion the Obama administration’s State Department paid out in 2010 – the year the White House quickly stopped reporting on its total spending in support of the U.N.
A huge percentage of the Obama administration’s payments to global agencies went to the U.N. – which has come under fire of late for its admitted anti-Israel policies.
“The overall U.S. bill for international organizations of every stripe is just under $10.5 billion, meaning that U.N. organizations absorb about 88 per cent of such U.S. government spending,” Fox News reported. “The new tally includes nearly $360 million for the controversial United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, which is regularly accused of inculcating violent anti-Israel attitudes and even abetting terrorist attacks on Israel, which it strongly denies. That is nearly a 50 per cent jump over the $238.3 million UNRWA got from the U.S. in 2010.”
In an early attempt to stem the Obama administration’s last-ditch effort to spend U.S. tax dollars on pro-Muslim interests abroad, President Donald Trump froze his predecessor’s attempt to give a $221-million donation designated to help the Palestinian Authority reach its goal to become its own state.
It is reported that the Trump administration will continue to look to cut back the excessive spending that Obama directed toward the U.N. and its global agenda.
“The UNRWA numbers, along with all the rest of the U.N. donations, are likely to come under fierce scrutiny in the weeks ahead, both from the Trump Administration, which wants to take a tough look at aligning its U.N. spending with national interests, and from Congress, which is frustrated by U.N. bloat and inefficiency, and often maddened by its anti-Israel biases,” Fox News’ George Russell explained. “At the same time, U.N. appeals for funds, especially humanitarian money to deal with a swamp of international crises and conflicts, are still on the rise. On Jan. 31, for example, UNICEF announced a new, $3.4 billion appeal, including $1.4 billion slated for Syria and surrounding countries, that the agency says will target some 535 million children next year.”
With the U.N.’s long-established global agenda to promote population control, ‘climate change’ alarmism and anti-Semitism, former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), who has been a U.N. supporter for years, testified alongside critics of the U.N. before a subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.
“There is a new sheriff in town,” Wexler acknowledged.
The U.N.’s anti-Israel biases were the focal point of the hearing, which honed in on the UNRWA’s recent alleged misconduct.
“The U.S. Congress is the one reliable force that can hold the U.N. to account,” U.N. Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer insisted to the legislators at the hearing.
However, it is believed that the figures the State Department divulged could be just the tip of the iceberg.
“Critics are already noting that the State Department figures for U.N. support are less than the full story – at least $500 million in contributions to the U.N.-sponsored Green Climate Fund, which Congress had opposed, are missing – and State itself admits that ‘not all Executive Branch agencies provided information for inclusion in this report,’” Russell announced. “With the Green Climate Fund money included, the 2016 figure would amount to a nearly 26 per cent hike in U.N. support over 2010 levels – another $500 million donation to the Green Climate Fund was also blocked at the last minute by the Trump Administration.”
Brett Schaefer of the Heritage Foundation, who is an expert on U.N. funding, maintains that the State Department’s incomplete report is likely due to a congressional spending resolution put out last December demanding that such figures must one again be made public in the interest of accountability.
“This report was probably put together in hurried fashion,” Schaefer inferred.
When looking further into the matter, more disarray was witnessed
“The State Department website now includes similarly disorganized spending numbers for 2015 – when overall spending on international organizations hit $10.8 billion – and links to more organized reports on spending that stretch back to 2007,” Russell emphasized. “Pulling exact totals of the State Department paperwork is a daunting task, as it does not separate U.N. organizations and other international organizations that the U.S. voluntarily and involuntarily funds. In some cases, getting the numbers also involves analyzing ostensibly non-U.N. grants where the money is then returned, via partnerships, to U.N. organizations.”
It was pointed out that inconsistencies abound when it comes to records of U.N. funding coming out of American taxpayers’ wallets.
“The tallies, however, are virtually guaranteed never to match with their U.N. equivalents,” Fox News’ editor-at-large explained. “Department figures cover the government’s fiscal year: October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. U.N. Secretariat biennial budgets run from January 1 to December 31 each year. U.N. annual peacekeeping budgets are prepared on a cycle from July 1 to June 30. Other U.N. organizations may also vary.”
He then gave a case and point for the gross discrepancies from two years ago.
“Thus, for 2014 – the latest year covered on a U.N. website for its top inter-agency coordinating body – total U.N. contributions to the U.N. alone are tallied at $10.067 billion,” Russell added. “The State Department report for fiscal 2014 lists total U.S. contributionsto all international organizations at about $7.4 billion.”
The Obama administration’s loose purse strings and unaccountable fiscal policy continued right through the former president’s last day in office.
“The U.S. spent about $2.6 billion on U.N. peacekeeping in fiscal 2016, according to the State Department,” the conservative journalist detailed. “That would be 32.7 percent of the $7.9 U.N. peacekeeping budget for July 2016 to June 30 2017 – much more than the 28.57 per cent it is assessed for its peacekeeping ‘dues,’ and which many U.S. legislators already consider greatly excessive. The same $2.6 billion would be 31 per cent of the previous 2015-2016 peacekeeping budget of $8.3 billion.”
Uncovering Obama’s spending-gone-wild
With a shrewd businessman now behind the desk in the Oval Office, it is expected that Obama’s unchecked and astronomical spending of taxpayer funds to support the beleaguered U.N. will be exposed for all Americans to see.
“Whatever the truth of the numbers, all of that money is likely to come under the skeptical microscope of the Trump administration, which is contemplating a tough review of any U.N. spending that it deems outside the national interest – including steep cuts to ‘voluntary’ funding beyond U.S. dues-paying minimums,” Russell assured.
A special amount of attention is expected to be given to the activities of UNRWA, which has reportedly been actively involved in anti-Semitic enterprises.
“A foretaste [of such scrutiny] was provided at the Feb. 1 subcommittee hearing, where UN Watch, in particular, singled out the agency in a 130-page report entitled Poisoning Palestinian Children,” Fox News’ top editor noted. “The UN Watch document cites more than 40 Facebook pages that it claims were ‘operated by school teachers, principals and other employees’ of UNRWA, which it charges ‘incite to terrorism or anti-Semitism.’ UNRWA has vigorously denied such charges in the past.”
According to Neuer’s testimony given to legislators, the extent of the U.N. organization’s anti-Semitism has scarcely been touched on.
“[The UNRWA’s indictment was just part of a] vast infrastructure the U.N. has constructed to demonize Israel,” Neuer asserted.
More uncontrolled spending
Many more instances of frivolous spending by Obama’s State Department were revealed in the tallies.
“$67.9 million was spent in 2016 for the United Nations Population Fund, which has become an automatic piñata when pro-life Republican Administrations are in power, and the opposite under Democrats,” Russell stated. “In 2010, the Obama Administration gave the Population $51.4 million, according to the State Department, which means the figure has been boosted by nearly a third. But two years earlier, the number was zero.”
Before he had time to break in his chair at the Oval Office, the new commander-in-chief has already been busy cleaning up some questionable spending initiated by the former administration.
“[I]n his first week in office, President Trump announced restoration of the so-called Mexico City Policy for global health assistance that cuts U.S. funding for non-government organizations that offer abortion counselling or advocate for abortion rights in foreign countries,” Russell stressed. “Like most U.N. organizations, the Population Fund is dependent on local organizations to carry out its family planning work.”
Investing U.S. tax dollars in programs that bring potentially dangerous migrants from Islamic terrorist-laden nations – and support anti-Semitic behavior in the name of jihad – is also coming to the surface.
“The fuel for many other impassioned battles can be seen in the State Department numbers,” Russell continued. “In 2010, for example, the International Organization for Migration, devoted to ‘humane and orderly migration,’ got $272.8 million from the U.S. In 2016, now a full-fledged U.N. agency, it got $477.2 million, much of it in response to the Syria crisis – upheaval which, in turn, has helped prompt a rethinking of immigration policies by the Trump Administration.”
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