Haley: US Cutting $285 Million off UN Contributions

Donald Trump threatens to cut 'billions of dollars' aid to countries over UN Jerusalem vote

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".

"You sit and listen to Nikki Haley, and as a representative of the United States of America, and it's breathtaking that she would actually threaten to cut off aid", Scarborough responded.

Last week, Trump threatened to cut funding to countries that supported a United Nations resolution rejecting his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Haley suggested the US could cut funding for the United Nations over the vote of punish member countries that backed the resolution.

A spokesperson for the USA mission said the vote breakdown told a different story. She said, following the resolution brought by a number of countries to the United Nations, that the Trump administration was closely observing the developments with regard to the resolution and would be "taking names" of the countries that would vote in the resolution's favour.

In her speech at the emergency vote, Haley noted that the "United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies". "It is a non-binding resolution that does nothing to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or advance the cause of peace".

Among the quartet, only South Sudan did not vote against the US.

"But this isn't like it used to be where they could vote against you (the US) and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars". Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, December 22, wrote on Twitter, "Well done MEA for not taking the easy/safe option of abstaining like the 35 others".

The country has long had ties with Israel, especially in security matters.

When contacted on whether the US would stop providing financial aid to Nigeria for not supporting its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a US Department of State official, Julia Mason, said, "As President Trump said on December 20, it is a factor in the process of making our assistance decisions".

Nikki Haley speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

There are no signs yet as to what retribution those who supported the resolution might face.

And on Friday it was back to business as usual. We're going to need their help on North Korea.

Just one of the many issues where the USA needs the worldwide community as much as the global community needs the US.

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