U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley celebrated a milestone of her tenure at the helm under President Donald Trump, but her accomplishment led to a lot of consternation from the other side of the aisle.
"Just 5 months into our time here, we've cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we’re only getting started," she tweeted with a picture of herself smiling.
"Just 5 months into our time here, we've cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we’re only g… https://t.co/GvAQT2iiYf— Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley (@Archive: Ambassador Nikki Haley)1498698836.0
The United States is the largest contributor to the United Nations' core budget, providing an astounding 22 percent of their budget, despite only representing only about 4.2 percent of the world's population.
Even when compared to the outsized productive economic output of the United States, the 22 percent contribution still exceeds the 14 percent that the U.S. represents in the world's total GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
The U.S. contribution also comprises 28.5 percent of the United Nations peacekeeping budget of $7.9 billion. That means that a half a billion reduction from the U.S. cuts their funds by about 6.25 percent.
This was enough to set off the liberal end of Twitter that seemed to be especially angry that Haley was so satisfied about the cut in funding.
Former Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes had a list of objections:
1) Why are we cutting funding for peacekeeping? 2) Why are we boasting about it? 3) No wonder global views of US le… https://t.co/EJmHVPTS4b— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes)1498706111.0
Others were simply horrified that the United States was cutting the funds of the peacekeeping mission by 6.2 percent.
The US isn't relinquishing its mantle of global leadership - it is tearing it off, stomping on it and then lighting… https://t.co/1uQmERIPVD— Stephanie Carvin (@Stephanie Carvin)1498700413.0
What a thing to be proud of https://t.co/svr15DrlNm— southpaw (@southpaw)1498703008.0
Peacekeeping, preventing ethnic cleansing, delivering food and medicine to war-torn areas, saving children's lives… https://t.co/83yOwJczrR— West Wing Reports (@West Wing Reports)1498702667.0
Oh ok then, who needs peacekeeping anyway! https://t.co/d5SIwRnhzV— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1498703210.0
was going to ask who chose this hilariously inappropriate laughing photo to go with cutting peacekeeping efforts then realized 😹 https://t.co/jJqnyrs6ov— darth:™ (@darth) June 29, 2017
Yeah, why spend money on peacekeeping when you can spend billions on wars, and wars are much more profitable for th… https://t.co/OIA0mSVypo— Facts Do Matter (@Facts Do Matter)1498704164.0
Great news for the armed groups of the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Mali. Congrats, guys. https://t.co/lwedHCVKqb— Kevin Sieff (@Kevin Sieff)1498716046.0
UN envoy bragging about cutting $$ for program that saves lives in war-torn countries as Trump bans people fleeing… https://t.co/ZPv15Hve4D— Jessica Schulberg (@Jessica Schulberg)1498702888.0
Recently fired CNN host Reza Aslan commented, "This is real." Tucker Carlson combatant Lauren Duca commented, "'F*** peace' would have been shorter, but this works too." "This is some straight up Boasting Supervillain s**t," said another Twitter user. Another said, "I hope you choke on a chicken bone you f***ing dumb ass c**t."
While United Nations peacekeepers have undoubtedly done a lot of good around the world, they've also added occasionally perpetrated acts of evil. In 2016, peacekeepers from Europe were accused of sexually abusing children while on a mission in Africa. Secretary-General Anthony Banbury admitted there were 69 confirmed allegations of sexual abuse or exploitation in the peacekeeping missions for 2016.