U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued a harsh warning during her address to the General Assembly on Thursday, telling her fellow diplomats the U.S. will reconsider its generous funding should the international body vote to condemn President Donald Trump’s relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly,” Haley said. “We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution” to the U.N. and when other member nations ask the U.S. “to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Haley implored the assembly to respect Trump’s decision to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that has been widely derided by Arab leaders casting it as destructive to the Israel-Palestinian peace process. She also made sure those gathered understood that the State Department will move forward with the relocation regardless of the U.N. vote.
“That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do,” Haley said of the embassy move.
Palestinians called for the Thursday General Assembly vote after Haley vetoed a resolution Monday that would have required Trump to reverse his decision to honor 1992 legislation recognizing Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel.
While maintaining the vote would have no implications for U.S. policy, she argued the vote would affect U.S. sentiment toward the U.N.
“This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N.,” she said. “And this vote will be remembered.”
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