Since the League of Nations and subsequent United Nations were formed, there has historically been opposition to both bodies among American citizens.
In 2013, public opinion polls indicated that 38% of Americans wanted less involvement with the UN. In contrast, a 2016 poll showed that 88% of Americans were in support of active engagement in the UN, they just want to see better results.
For the foreseeable future, there is no substantial reason to believe that the US intends to withdraw from the UN. This is despite polls that show a declining percentage of Americans who believe that the UN is as effective as it could be.
In 2017, Senator Rob Portman pointed out that 22% of tax was allocated to UN operations. For this substantial amount, he felt that American taxpayers would like to see an organization that was more “efficient”, more “objective” and more aligned with American values.
Medic Michael New described as a ‘model’ soldier refused to wear the cap and insignia of the UN on a peacekeeping mission to Macedonia. He emphatically believed he signed up to serve America, not a foreign force. He faced court-martial and was later discharged for his disobedience as reported in the Baltimore Sun (1995).
The American Sovereignty Restoration Act introduced to the US House of Representatives in 1997 called for terminating funds, repeal of laws specific to the UN, the UN to be removed from its headquarters in New York City and the withdrawal of diplomatic immunity for UN employees.
The act didn’t succeed.
In 2017, Trump advocated cutting the UN peacekeeping budget by up to 40% stating he’d rather spend the money on people in America. In the year prior, America invested $10 billion in the UN which was approximately 20% of the operating budget for that year. With 193 member nations, it seems as though America contributed more than a fair share of operating costs.
Should the US pull out of the United Nations?