Haley announces $285M cut in 2018-19 United Nations operating budget

Saul Bowman
December 25, 2017

Haley said that the United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy.

In a statement following Thursday's vote, Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, applauded the 128 nations that "stood up to US pressure, which could not obscure the urgency of speaking out against the recklessness and injustice of declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel".

Trump last week threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favor of a draft United Nations resolution calling for the U.S.to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

And she added the USA would remember the vote when "once again, we are called up to make the world's largest contribution to the U.N". This irony was lost on Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, who spoke about how the most powerful country in the word is being "bullied" by the United Nations, while threatening to cut off aid to countries dependent on them, in the same sentence.

"Threatening member states of the United Nations". Far from being a usurpation of the Security Council's role, the General Assembly's action is a declaration of respect for the Security Council's own prior resolutions, in the face of US flouting of those resolutions.

The former SC governor went on the warpath last week over the UN's resolution - and said the USA would be "taking names", as a result. It is one more example of the United Nations doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. European Union countries pay a total of about 30%.

Donald Trump recently threatened that his administration might be cutting the "millions of dollars, even billions of dollars" in foreign aid to the countries that would vote in favour of the resolution, which called to reject the Trump administration's decision which also wants to move the USA embassy of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We're going to need them on Iran.

Nikki Haley misrepresenting what the people of the USA want in a United Nations speech that sounds like it was written by Tony Soprano.

Mr Gowan says the USA did not act strategically.

Twenty-one countries skipped the vote altogether, including Ukraine, which had supported a similar measure that failed in the Security Council on Monday because of a United States veto.

Guatemala, meanwhile, became the first nation to follow Trump's lead when it announced Sunday that it would be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Many diplomats at the United Nations believe Mrs Haley was also considering her own political ambitions rather than relationships at the UN.

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