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US envoy urges Trump not to cut UN funding and lose clout

US Ambassador Samantha Power is urging the Trump administration not to cut funding to the United Nations, warning it would be "extremely detrimental" to US interests and only benefit countries like China and Russia.

In her final press conference today, Power said "we lead the world, in part, by leading at the United Nations."

Following President Barack Obama's decision to allow the UN Security Council to condemn Israel's construction of settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, supporters of Israel in the US Congress have called for cutting off US funding to the United Nations.

Power said Israel would not benefit if there is "less US leadership" at the UN as a result of a funding cut, citing a string of pro-Israel changes the Obama administration has supported.