UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon Calls US "Deadbeat" Nation
The US donated 22% of the United Nation’s $5 billion budget.
192 member nations, and one nation pays just under one-quarter of the $5.5 billion tab.
But, this is not enough for Ban Ki Moon.
UN General-Secretary called the US a “deadbeat” donor this week in a private meeting.
The White House objected Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s description of the United States as a “deadbeat” donor to the world body.
Ban used the phrase Wednesday during a private meeting with lawmakers at the Capitol, one day after he met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Ban’s “word choice was unfortunate,” given that the U.S. is the largest contributor to the United Nations.
The United States pays 22 percent of the organization’s nearly $5 billion operating budget but is perennially late paying its dues.
Asked whether Ban should retract his comment, Gibbs said some recognition by Ban of the U.S. role would be appropriate.
“I think given the contribution that the American taxpayer makes, I do think it would be appropriate to acknowledge that role,” Gibbs told reporters at his daily briefing.
This was so over the top for the UN that even the Obama Administration denounced it.