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Why Does Trump Dislike International Organizations?


The other day, after the US decision to leave the Paris Climate agreement, the Trump’s administration organized another boycott against the international community, giving formal note that it is reviewing its participation in the UN Human Rights Council.

On June 6, during her remarks at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, explaining their stance, particularly noted:

"It's hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel. It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility."

Before elaborating more on Trump administration's policy towards the UN, it is interesting to note that this is not the first time that UN Human Rights Council position towards Israel becomes a sticking point for the US boycotting the Council.  Previously Washington boycotted the body for three years under President George W. Bush and rejoined the Council only in 2009 under Barack Obama, Independent reports.

What refers to particularly Trump’s administration policy to the UN in this case also we should note that it is not the first time that the US current president expresses his negative stance against the UN. Recently in one of his tweets Trump referred to the UN as "just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time."

In this context it is also important to note that Trump’s administration recently proposed  cut of the US funding to the UN. It is important to mention that so far the US has been the biggest UN contributor, paying 22 percent of the $5.4bn core budget and 28.5 percent of the $7.9bn peacekeeping budget, Al Jazeera reports.

So how can one explain the US such a stance towards the UN? To explain it one should get the logic of Trump’s foreign policy demonstrated so far. From that, one can assume that Trump’s administration is much more prone to bilateral relations with separate states, as opposed to the relations with different blocks or international organizations. Why is it the case? In bilateral relations, it is much easier for Trump’s administration to stay loyal to the logic of the foreign policy, they like so much, the one, where concrete arrangements work and "what-for-what" principle applies. In contrast, in case of international organizations, where so far the US has acted as the main donor, such a principle is harder to apply. Perhaps this is how one should explain Trump’s dislike towards various international organizations demonstrated so far.

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