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In this photo provided by the United Nations, members of the United Nations Security council vote at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in favor of condemning Israel for its practice of establishing settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. In a striking rupture with past practice, the U.S. allowed the vote, not exercising its veto. (Manuel Elias/The United Nations via AP)

Trump is drafting executive orders that would reduce US involvement in the United Nations


After a busy week issuing executive orders on immigration and energy, the Trump administration is in the midst of drafting orders that would reduce the role of the United States in the United Nations, according to the New York Times.

One order entitled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency or other international body that meets certain criteria, including those that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any activity that circumvents sanctions against Iran or North Korea.

The second order "Moratorium on New Multilateral Treaties" calls for the review of all pending treaties with more than one nation.

In December, Trump had hinted that he would approach the United Nations differently than his predecessor after the U.S. abstained from a vote involving the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The drafting of the executive orders come just one day after Nikki Haley was sworn in as the ambassador to the UN. 

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