Trump Wants the UN More Subservient to US Interests
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The world body already is pro-Western to the detriment of sovereign independent nations.
Secretaries-general and other top officials are chosen to serve the interests of America and its allies. Reforming how the UN operates is badly needed – not by remaking more in Washington’s image than already, what Trump’s scheme is all about, along with cutting its budget and reducing America’s funding obligation.
Beginning on September 19, he’ll host a six-day meeting in New York at UN headquarters, world leaders willing to sign on to his 10-point plan invited to attend, others excluded.
He called America’s share of the UN budget unfair, wants its funding cut, while describing the world body as a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time.”
His draft declaration states “(w)e support the secretary-general in making concrete changes in the United Nations system to better align its work on humanitarian response, development and sustaining peace initiatives.”
“We commit to reducing mandate duplication, redundancy and overlap, including among the main organs of the United Nations.”
He wants all UN peacekeeping missions reviewed to cut costs. Heads of state from the following countries are scheduled to attend his six-day meeting: Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Niger,
Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Thailand and Uruguay.
Russia wasn’t invited, according to Putin aide Yury Ushakov. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov he doesn’t plan on participating in the General Assembly annual meeting later this month. Sergey Lavrov will represent Russia, scheduled to address the General Assembly on September 21.
President-elect Trump blasted the Security Council after it criticized Israeli settlements last December, saying “things will be different after January 20.”
Whatever attending nations decide at his meeting won’t be binding. Fourteen nations don’t reflect the will of all others.
Security Council veto power remains important, Russia and China serving as checks on imperial Western policies, represented by America, Britain and France.
The late Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said “(t)he Security Council will lose its relevance” without veto power – becoming a “rubber-stamp” for US-dominated NATO, the kind of reform Trump wants he won’t get.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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