Hours after signing onto an executive order that will result in the construction of a wall along the Mexican border, the New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump intends to cut the American budget towards the UN.

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According to a report in the New York Times, US President Donald Trump plans to sign off on an executive order that will reduce America’s contributions towards the UN and other international organizations.

The report stresses that there is criteria that will be utilized to determine which organizations will have their budget cut. This criteria includes organizations that gave full membership to the Palestinian Authority, organizations controlled by state sponsors of terrorism and organizations that help to circumvent the sanctions against North Korea and Iran. Also organizations that support providing assistance or funding for abortions are on the list.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon stated that the “Palestinians continue to threaten to engage in additional unilateral steps against Israel and we will continue to fight against this trend by any means. We welcome any actions to act against unilateral actions like this. The international community needs to clarify once and for all to the Palestinians that the only way to advance a solution is via stopping the terrorism and incitement, and via direct negotiations between the sides.”

According to a report in Reuters, US President Donald Trump instructed the Pentagon and US State Department to prepare a plan to create safe areas for civilians in Syria. The plan will be formulated within 90 days of being signed.