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Opinion: The United States is correct in re-examining its relationship with the UN

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks in favor of a resolution at United Nations headquarters. The U.S. government said Sunday, Dec. 24, it had negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget. Haley said that the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organization is well-known, and she would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The rocky relationship between the United States and the United Nations continues.

I spoke to you about President Trump’s decision to support our key ally Israel in recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and moving the American embassy there.

The Armageddon which was promised by the critics of the decision did not materialize. What did happen is a non-binding resolution by the United Nations condemning the United States and declaring the action “null and void.”

There is no direct effect of the non-binding resolution supported by countries like Cuba, Iran, Syria and Yemen along with some of our allies such as France, the U.K. and Germany.

Having said that, United States’ ambassador to the UN let it be known that the United States and its citizens will remember how the U.S. is being treated, especially come funding time.

Well, that time came quickly and just a few days after the vote the UN budget was slashed by $285 million for the upcoming year. Since the U.S. contributes about 22 percent of the UN's budget, that is a savings of over $60 million.

The UN General Assembly has become a vehicle for countries to bite the hand that feeds them, repeatedly blasting the United States and its close ally Israel.

Here is the bottom line: the United Nations does some important work in terms of human rights. Overall, however, it is a powerless and rudderless institution. These savings are a good start. The over $1 billion dollars America spends on the UN budget could go a long way to revitalizing our inner cities and infrastructure.

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