Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threatened to cut off funding to the United Nations if President Obama uses it to bypass Congress on Iran sanctions on Thursday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel.
“Here’s what the president needs to understand. If you go to the UN Security Council and you try to bypass the Congress to get this deal approved by the UN Security Council, but not come to your own Congress, then you’re going to risk Congress cutting off money to the United Nations” he stated.
Graham continued, “if they try to go to the UN Security Council, and bypass us, and leave us as the last guy standing, then they’ll be a violent reaction against the United Nations, 22% of the funding for the United Nations comes from the American taxpayer, and I’m in charge of that account. I’m not going to allow the United Nations to be used as a way to get around the United States Congress for a deal that effects the very existence of Israel and our own national security.”
He concluded, “if the UN did something that provocative, lifted sanctions before we ever got a chance to look at it in Congress, if they go directly to the UN Security Council, and the UN Security Council lifts all sanctions before we ever get a chance to look at this deal, absolutely, I would suspend funding the United Nations, because I don’t think your money should go to an organization that irresponsible.”
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