Nikki Haley mocked on Twitter for touting UN budget cuts


Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was mocked by Twitter users Wednesday after she boasted on social media about funding cuts she’s helping to implement.

“Just 5 months into our time here, we’ve cut over half a billion $$$ from the UN peacekeeping budget & we’re only getting started,” Haley tweeted.

Ben Rhodes, a foreign policy adviser to former President Obama, was among those critical of Haley’s tweet.

“1) Why are we cutting funding for peacekeeping?” Rhodes tweeted. “2) Why are we boasting about it? 3) No wonder global views of US leadership are plummeting.”

Members of the media also poked Haley on Twitter.

“I know for a fact that Nikki Haley’s Twitter feed has been driving some US & UN diplomats crazy,” tweeted Nahal Toosi, a foreign affairs correspondent at Politico.

Lydia DePillis, an economics reporter at the Houston Chronicle and former Washington Post reporter, tweeted to Haley, “This seems like a weird thing to brag about.”

The Trump administration has moved to to limit U.S. financial contributions to the U.N., and to enact reforms.

President Trump’s budget proposal calls for reducing the U.S. contribution to the peacekeeping budget to 25 percent of total costs from 28.5 percent.

Peacekeeping missions are designed to help host countries transition from conflict to peace.

Critics of funding cuts have said the U.S. should be wary of limiting its commitment to the U.N. at a time of great need. The U.N. reports that four countries — Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen — are experiencing hunger crises.

At an appropriations subcommittee Tuesday hearing where Haley was testifying, House Republicans and Democrats questioned the proposed budget cuts.

“Some of these cuts are massive and just devastating,” said Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas. “Our leadership is irreplaceable.”

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