>> In a surprise move, the Trump administration has announced that the US will withdraw from the United Nations' top cultural and educational program, UNESCO, at the end of the year. The announcement coming in a press release from the State Department citing, quote, continuing anti-Israel bias at the agency and need for fundamental reform.
UNESCO is probably best known for its world heritage sites program which includes many American locations such as the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, and Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. But UNESCO's troubles with the United States long predate Donald Trump's arrival in the White House.
And much of it has revolved around Israel. The US actually stopped paying into the institution altogether back during the Obama administration after it recognized the Palestinian Authority as a member taking with it about a fifth of its funding. And UNESCO was criticized by both Trump and Hillary Clinton during the last election over perceived bias.
President Ronald Regan also once took the US out during the 1980s, citing a bias towards the Soviet Union. George Bush returning the country to the fold in 2002. This is now the third major international body that Trump has withdrawn the US from after the Trans Pacific partnership trade pact and the Paris Climate Accords.
The Iran nuclear deal and NAFTA are also on shaky ground.