NYT: Trump Could Reduce U.S. Ties With Groups That Support Palestinians – Including UN

Report says Trump administration preparing executive orders to drastically reduce U.S. role in UN and other international organizations.

President Donald Trump accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, right, speaks at the Homeland Security Department, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.
President Donald Trump accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, right, speaks at the Homeland Security Department, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is preparing executive orders aimed at substantially minimizing U.S. presence in organizations such as the UN, to be judged on specific criteria - including certain forms of support for the Palestinians - the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The Times attained two draft of the executive orders, titled “Auditing and Reducing U.S. Funding of International Organizations” that reportedly called for terminating funding for any UN agency that meets any one of a number of criteria.

According to the Times, the decision to drastically withdraw from these international organizations would also be based on whether or not they give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Another criteria is support for Iran and North Korea or any attempt to circumnavigate sanctions on them. The draft also called to cut funding for any international group that “is controlled or substantially influenced by any state that sponsors terrorism” or is accused of human rights infringements.

According to the Times, the order also calls for then enacting “at least a 40 percent overall decrease” in U.S. funding toward these organizations.

The executive orders would also begin a process to review and potentially abrogate certain forms of multilateral treaties, the Times reported, citing unnamed officials.