The Trump administration just thumbed their nose at the United Nations again.
This time, National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the United States will no longer support “unsuccessful” U.N. peacekeeping missions.
Fox News reported that Bolton announced the Trump administration’s strategy for Africa on Thursday, warning that the U.S. would no longer support “unproductive” United Nations peacekeeping missions, and promising to advance U.S. interests on the continent.
“The United States will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent, without focus or prioritization,” Bolton, a former U.N. ambassador, said in a speech at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. “And, we will no longer support unproductive, unsuccessful, and unaccountable U.N. peacekeeping missions. We want something more to show for Americans’ hard-earned taxpayer dollars.”
Bolton: U.S. will “reevaluate” support for U.N. peacekeeping missions, which he describes in characteristically bleak terms — i.e.,
“…missions that give large payouts to countries sending poorly equipped soldiers who provide insufficient protection to vulnerable populations” https://t.co/1bQO3x1hBp
— Olivia Gazis (@Olivia_Gazis) December 13, 2018
From Town Hall
During his speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., National Security Adviser John Bolton said the United States would no longer support United Nations peacekeeping missions that lack focus and are wasteful.
Having served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, Bolton’s speech was to outline President Donald Trump’s administration’s Africa Strategy.
“The United States will no longer provide indiscriminate assistance across the entire continent, without focus or prioritization and we will no longer support unproductive, unsuccessful, and unaccountable U.N. peacekeeping missions. We want something more to show for Americans’ hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” Bolton said.
“Our objective is to resolve conflicts, not freeze them in perpetuity,” he added.
“The U.S. will respect the independence of other nations in providing humanitarian, security, and development relief.
We are not among those powers that pursue dollars for dependency.”
— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) December 13, 2018
Bolton said because the American people are a generous people, they expect the money to be put to good use.