- President Donald Trump reportedly is considering an order to slash US funding for the UN budget
- Peter Yeo: If Trump signs such an order, he would endanger US foreign policy and national security interests, while putting millions of lives at risk
Peter Yeo is president of the Better World Campaign and vice president for public policy and advocacy at the United Nations Foundation. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)In her confirmation hearing last week, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wisely said, "You can never win with slash-and-burn techniques. That doesn't work." Yet slash and burn is precisely what the White House reportedly is considering through an order that calls for "at least a 40 percent overall decrease" in voluntary contributions to international organizations, including the United Nations. But the President should listen to Nikki Haley before it's too late.