“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s comment this week calling the United States a ‘deadbeat’ nation continues an ugly tradition of anti-American sentiment and false criticism of the United States – the UN’s most generous benefactor – by UN leaders over the years,” said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon.

“While Ban’s comments are disturbing, they are not surprising,” Kilgannon noted. “He is simply continuing the ugly tradition of America-bashing that takes place on a daily basis at the United Nations.” A few examples:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan: United States is “least generous”

On May 21, 2000 then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, while delivering the commencement address at Notre Dame University, stated:

“It is particularly shameful that the United States, the most prosperous and successful country in the history of the world, should be one of the least generous in terms of the share of its gross national product it devotes to helping the world’s poor. I am sure many of you share my feeling that this is unworthy of the traditions of this great country.”

Kofi Annan Advisor, Professor Jeffrey Sachs: United States “gives little”

During a press briefing at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August 2002, Jeffrey Sachs, then the director of the UN Millennium Project and a special advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said:

“When the U.S. was rich and booming, it was giving little money. When the U.S was in recession, it was giving little money. When the stock market had raised wealth by more than $10 trillion, it gave little money. When the stock market had come down, it had given little money. When there was a $4 trillion cumulative projected budget surplus over the next ten years, it gave little money. Now that the budget surplus is vanquished, it gives little money…It did not choose to address even a small amount in a meaningful way to the issues that are at this summit.”

Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland: U.S. is “stingy”

In 2004 the United Nations’ Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland implied that the United States’ financial response to the Asian tsunami’s was “stingy.”

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