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Haley to question US funding of UN: report

Haley to question US funding of UN: report
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE’s nominee for United Nations ambassador will question whether U.S. funding for the global body is justified during her confirmation hearing Wednesday, according to CNN.

Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) will suggest that the U.S. reconsider its 22 percent contribution to the U.N.’s annual budget, CNN reported.

“Are we getting what we pay for?” Haley is expected to ask, according to a copy of her opening statement obtained by the network.

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Haley will highlight U.N. successes including food and health programs during her testimony, CNN said, as well as its weapons monitoring and some of its peacekeeping operations.

The South Carolina governor will note, however, that the U.N. is increasingly diverging from U.S. interests at home and abroad.

“[The U.N.] is an institution that is often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers,” she will say. "More Americans are becoming convinced…that the United Nations does more harm than good.”

Haley is expected to focus extensively on the recent U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israel's settlement policy.

The governor will criticize last month’s U.N. resolution demanding Israel stop settlement construction in territories disputed by Palestinians as “damaging” and proof of a “long history of anti-Israel bias" at the U.N., according to the report.

Haley will be introduced before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill GOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks MORE (R-S.C.), his office announced Tuesday evening. Graham is spearheading legislation to defund the U.N. over December’s vote.

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Del.), meanwhile, told CNN he is concerned about Haley’s grasp of global affairs after meeting with her Tuesday.

“It’s a huge portfolio,” he said of the U.N. role. "To be ambassador to the U.N. means literally to have to understand the interests and the priorities, the concerns of over 190 nations.”

“I understand she would have a steep learning curve, but I think the U.N. is a place where we can’t afford to have an ambassador who is learning on the job,” added Coons, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A Trump transition official told CNN that Haley’s focus on her state's issues would not hinder her work as U.N. ambassador.

“While Gov. Haley has limited international diplomatic experience, she is not inexperienced when it comes to diplomatic skill,” the official said.