Jill Biden in Paris to Celebrate U.S. Paying $619 Million for UNESCO Return

First lady Jill Biden landed in Paris early Monday morning ready to celebrate the United States formally rejoining a U.N. arts and culture agency which has billed the White House $619 million for its trouble.

After flying in from Washington, DC, Jill Biden will have a day of rest before speaking at a ceremony Tuesday at the headquarters of the globalist United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The diplomatic trip will reverse former President Donald Trump’s decision in 2018 to withdraw the U.S. from the organization after he accused it of anti-Israel bias bound up in an opaque bureaucracy driven by political agendas.

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden disembarks as she arrives to celebrate the U.S. rejoining UNESCO, at the Orly Airport in Orly, Paris’ suburb, on July 24, 2023. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

The Trump administration decision was hailed as a moral stance against antisemitism.

The U.S. and Israel stopped financing UNESCO after it voted to include anti-Israel Palestine as a member state in 2011.

At the time, former President Barack Obama withdrew funding from the agency which was followed by Trump leaving it altogether.

The Biden administration has requested $150 million for the 2024 budget to go toward UNESCO dues and arrears. The plan foresees similar requests for the ensuing years until the full debt of $619 million is repaid, as Breitbart News reported.

That makes up a big chunk of UNESCO’s $534 million annual operating budget. Before leaving, the U.S. contributed 22 percent of the agency’s overall funding.

The United States first withdrew from UNESCO under the Reagan administration in 1984 because it viewed the agency as mismanaged, corrupt and used to advance Soviet interests.

File/No stranger to international diplomacy on behalf of her husband,  First Lady Jill Biden attends a Coronation Big Lunch outside Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on May 07, 2023. The event helped celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

It rejoined in 2003 during George W. Bush’s presidency. His wife, Laura, spoke at the ceremony.

Apart from paying its back dues, the Biden White House has also agreed to fund 22 percent of UNESCO’s future budget and contribute to programs in Africa among others.

“I am encouraged and grateful that UNESCO members have accepted the U.S. proposal,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement acknoweldging the return to the organization.

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  1. Anything to do with the UN is a waste of money. All the u n does is drain the coffers of its membership countries. Its run by corrupt, useless, racist,and anti Semitic buffoons who hate Israel and the United States. Kick the u n out of the U.S.

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