Entrepreneur and 2024 Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy told Newstimesuk.com on Thursday that it’s time to start defunding international institutions hostile to the United States and consider withdrawing from the United Nations altogether.
He ran his anti-establishment campaign in second place in the GOP primary, according to a national poll released this week.
And on Thursday he took his message to New Hampshire where he said how he plans to dismantle what he calls the country’s ‘administrative state’.
In an interview with Newstimesuk.com he then laid out his most radical plan to return sovereignty to the American people.
‘I think the UN has outlived its institutional purpose,’ he said.
‘I think when the UN Human Rights Council talks about human rights like the representatives of North Korea and Venezuela, I think it’s one of many examples of an institution that has fundamentally lost its way and really has no reason to continue.’
Vivek Ramaswamy told Newstimesuk.com that it is time to start defunding international institutions hostile to the US and consider withdrawing from the United Nations.
The United States remains the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing more than $12 billion in 2021 – a little less than a fifth of its total funding.
The Trump administration has withdrawn from both the UN Human Rights Council (which has been accused of anti-Israel bias and failure to hold abusers accountable) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (due to perceived bias against Israel).
The Biden administration has reversed both measures.
Meanwhile, Trump’s allies have continued their attacks on UN agencies and programs. They singled out the World Health Organization for special attention, blaming it for colluding with China and mishandling the Covid pandemic.
Ramaswamy said continued membership in the United Nations, headquartered in New York City, should be based on whether it was in the best interests of the United States.
‘I’ll start by defunding certain programs,’ he said in his SUV as he drove to Manchester Airport at the end of the day.
‘For me, it’s not an iron-clad policy that the United States will be in the United Nations that’s not written in stone. I think it’s in America’s interest that we have to evaluate that.’
Withdrawal would have a devastating impact on the UN and its efforts to promote peace, health and human rights around the world.
The United States remains the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing more than $12 billion in 2021—a little less than a fifth of its total funding.
Donald Trump led the United States out of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization because of its anti-Israel bias. Ramaswamy wants to follow that lead and maybe even go further
The United Nations was formally established on 24 October 1945 after its charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries.
But Ramaswamy’s message indicates that much of the Republican field has shifted to Trump’s America First position.
And the 37-year-old entrepreneur is confident that healthy fundraising and improving poll numbers mean he’ll be able to deliver his message in the first Republican debate next month.
A poll released Thursday by Kaplan Strategies showed him tied for second with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by 12 points. Trump is ahead with 48 percent of the vote.
His campaign against ‘woo’ policies has seen him attract ex-Trump supporters who like the idea of supporting a younger, more articulate figure.
Aides were delighted when his appearance at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselms College on Thursday evening drew an audience of 27,000.
They heard him outline plans to dismantle the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Education and reorganize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
It is part of a message that with his unabashed approach to regulations, laws and the Constitution, he can succeed where Trump has failed in draining the ‘watershed’.
In his public comments, he also hinted at his plans for the United Nations
“Just as we defund three letter agencies domestically, we will defund three letter agencies and two foreign letter agencies that interfere with the sovereignty of the United States,” he said.
‘We are a sovereign nation.
‘And we will protect our sovereignty without financing institutions hostile to themselves.’
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