After the UN Threatens to Overrule Trump's Foreign Policy Blunder Trump Make Serious Threat
President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the U.S. could pull foreign aid from nations that vote against it at the United Nations, a warning delivered ahead of a General Assembly vote expected to criticize the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“For all of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
“Well, we’re watching those votes,” he continued. “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they’re doing.”
Included in Trump’s warning was praise for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who wrote in a letter to other member states that Trump and the U.S. government would take those votes “personally.”
“As you know, the General Assembly is considering a resolution about President Trump’s recent decision on Jerusalem,” Haley wrote in letter to member states that was provided to POLITICO by a U.N. source. “As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally. The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.”
Trump said at his cabinet meeting on Wednesday that “I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations.” He said he had received “a lot of good comment on it” and promised that “we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”
The sentiment in Haley’s letter echoed one she put out on Twitter Tuesday, where she wrote that “At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
The resolution before the General Assembly is expected to mirror one that the U.S. vetoed in the Security Council earlier this week. That resolution, which each Security Council member except for the U.S. voted in favor of, declared that decisions made on the status of Jerusalem were “null and void and must be rescinded,” and called on member states to “refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the holy city.”
The president and others in his administration have said the move amounted to little more than an acknowledgement of the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Haley repeated that position in her letter to United Nations member states.
“The U.S. announcement is an acknowledgement that peace is best advanced, not set back, when all parties are honest with each other about the basic facts,” she wrote. “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since the country’s founding nearly seventy years ago. The President’s honest assessment of this reality does not foreclose any of the options considered by Israelis and Palestinians for decades. I know that many in the General Assembly are also committed to the cause of peace, and I ask that you consider whether a GA resolution contributes to that cause or fuels the heated rhetoric and violence.”