During his campaign, President Trump was highly critical of the effectiveness of the United Nations and hinted that he’d be open to the United States potentially leaving the worldwide organization. A new bill has been introduced in Congress that could actually grant his wish, if passed.
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 was proposed on Jan. 3 by Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers. A list of his fellow republican lawmakers have come out to support the bill, including Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs.
“We need to take a long look at our relationship with the United Nations to ensure that American interests are protected first and foremost,” Biggs said, according to The Business Insider. “I’m grateful to Congressman Mike Rogers for introducing this legislation.”
If the bill is passed as it currently reads, the United States will not be expected to support the U.N.’s peacekeeping efforts with either troops or funds and would terminate any relationships between the organization and the U.S. The U.N. would be expected to vacate any property owned by the country, strip any members of U.S. immunity and even remove the country’s membership from the World Health Organization (WHO).
“This proposal doesn’t strike me as something that’s likely to rise above the noise,”said Stephen Biddle, an adjunct senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. “[B]ut it does play into the administration’s narrative about opposing multilateral institutions and withdrawing from global leadership roles.”
Political analysts view the move as a long shot, but it can be viewed as a glance into the future of the United States’ foreign relations under a new administration.
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