U.S. president says any nation that votes against the decision in General Assembly could ‘save’ money for Washington
President Donald Trump threatened to cut funding on Wednesday to countries that vote against the United States on a motion at the United Nations condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“All these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council and they vote against us potentially at the Assembly,” Trump said at the White House. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes,” he continued. “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
Nikki Haley, Washington’s U.N. envoy, had warned countries on Tuesday that she would report back to Trump with the names of those who supported a draft resolution rejecting the U.S. recognition.
“Nikki, that was the right message,” Trump said.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki accused Washington of “threatening” member countries of the U.N. General Assembly ahead of Thursday’s vote.