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    The US is boasting about cuts to the UN budget

    When the Trump administration in the US claimed credit this week for budget cuts at the United Nations, some critics of the organisation saw the prudent oversight of American taxpayers’ money, while others questioned Washington’s determination to be seen wielding a big stick.
    And they warn that any savings could come at a diplomatic cost.
    The US mission to the United Nations on Sunday hailed the operating budget of US$5.396 billion for 2018 and 2019, slightly less than the US$5.4 billion requested by Secretary General António Guterres. In a statement, the mission said the United States had negotiated US$285 million in cost savings as well as reducing “bloated” management and support functions.
    “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked,” said the US Ambassador Nikki Haley, calling the cost-cutting historic and promising more to come.
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