Ron DeSantis says the United Nations is a “mess” and a “total farce” as he vows to strip U.S. funding from the General Assembly if he becomes president.
The Florida governor and 2024 hopeful said the United Nations has become a “den” where “bad actors in the world come together and behave badly.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres claimed Hamas’ terror attacks on Israel earlier this month were a response to the Jewish state’s actions, comments that were widely seen as anti-Israel.
In addition, the UN General Assembly voted 120 to 14 on Friday for an immediate ceasefire in Israel. This action was also viewed as anti-Semitic, with critics claiming it called on Israel not to defend itself against a Palestinian terrorist organization.
“What an absolute disgrace,” DeSantis said in an interview with DailyMail.com on Saturday. “And then to strike a moral balance and call for a ceasefire.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told DailyMail.com he would cut U.S. funding for the United Nations if he becomes president after the General Assembly and comments by the secretary general were widely viewed as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel
The UN General Assembly voted on Friday to call for a ceasefire in Israel. “Wait a minute, Israelis can be massacred, slaughtered, raped, mutilated, burned in cold blood – and yet they’re somehow not expected to respond?” “I mean, give me a break,” the governor said in an interview with DailyMail.com on Saturday
“Wait a minute, Israelis can be massacred, slaughtered, raped, mutilated, burned in cold blood – and yet somehow they’re not supposed to respond?” complained the governor of Florida. “I mean, give me a break.”
“This organization, the United Nations, is a mess.” It is a completely worthless disaster. I don’t know why we finance it. But that was a shame.’
DeSantis spoke to DailyMail.com before speaking at a breakfast with Nevada Republicans on Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip.
After breakfast, DeSantis will join his fellow 2024 candidates at the Venetian to speak to the Republican Jewish Coalition for its annual leadership summit, held just three weeks after one of Hamas’ deadliest attacks on Jewish people.
The attacks resulted in the highest number of Jewish deaths in a single day since the Holocaust.
DeSantis, who said the conflict in Israel is “personal” in Florida, is using his state’s federal resources to allow Floridians and Americans to flee Israel as deadly airstrikes continue.
Hamas’s organized, multi-front surprise attack earlier this month led to Israel launching a brutal counteroffensive in the Gaza Strip.
Republicans and pro-Israel advocates say those calling for a ceasefire want to stop Israel from defending itself against terrorists. But pro-Palestine groups say
UN Secretary-General Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday: “It is important to also recognize that the Hamas attacks did not take place in a vacuum.”
“The Palestinian people have been subjected to oppressive occupation for 56 years,” he added.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday: “It is important to also recognize that Hamas’ attacks did not take place in a vacuum.” The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of oppressive occupation.
DeSantis joined former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt on Saturday for a breakfast discussion with Republicans – before speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership summit on the Las Vegas Strip
Asked whether he would cut U.S. funding to the UN if he became president, DeSantis replied firmly, “Yes. I mean, yes, absolutely.”
“I think it’s not an organization that has produced good things,” he added. “It has become a kind of den where many of the world’s bad actors come together and misbehave.” So how does this advance U.S. interests?
“And the fact that they couldn’t even agree to condemn the Hamas attacks, and you had so many defections on that.” “You know, it shows you that this is an organization that, I don’t know, whether they ever had a good path forward – but obviously now they’ve just lost all moral authority and it’s a total travesty,” the conservative governor concluded.