The differences between President Obama and President Trump were cast in vivid relief in a statement to the United Nations recently made by Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Whether intentional or not, Haley’s comment underscores the entirety of what separates the two men and their views on how to govern and conduct foreign policy.
The State Department has released its annual report detailing the voting records of member nations. The report indicates that countries are not voting alongside the U.S. at a very high rate, despite our country being the leading contributor to the UN budget.
In her response, Haley cites current numbers with those from 2016, Obama’s last full year in office.
She said (emphasis mine), “That’s because we care more about being right than popular and are once again standing up for our interests and values.”
Being right or being popular. Trump versus Obama in a nutshell.
Nikki Haley warned she'd be “taking names” of countries that do not have “our back.”
A newly released annual report on voting records at the U.N., tells us who exactly is in America’s corner – and who is not. https://t.co/KU6qAWfRrL
— MAGAPatriot🇺🇸Steve (@RealMAGASteve) May 1, 2018
Haley emphasized the fact that the United States contributes to the UN budget at a much higher rate than the three next contributors combined. She also noted that the drop in alignment with the U.S. is because the administration is no longer willing to be run over by other nations and is instead looking out for America once again.
“The American people pay 22% of the UN budget,” Haley railed. “In spite of this generosity, the rest of the UN voted with us only 31% of the time, a lower rate than in 2016. That’s because we care more about being right than popular and are once again standing up for our interests and values.”
According to a State Department press release, the ten nations most at odds with the U.S. are Zimbabwe, Burundi, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Bolivia, and South Africa.
Of those, South Africa and Syria receive $100 million and $72 million in American aid respectively.
Haley and the administration is taking note on who exactly is defying American interests.
“When we arrived at the UN last year, we said we would be taking names, and this list of voting records speaks for itself,” she said. “President Trump wants to ensure that our foreign assistance dollars – the most generous in the world – always serve American interests, and we look forward to helping him see that the American people are no longer taken for granted.”
While the number of countries voting against the United States has increased since Obama’s last year in office, it’s sure to change once aid starts getting cut off.
“Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot,” Trump famously announced. “We don’t care.”
Cross posted at the Mental Recession