BREAKING: UN Rejects Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition
UN General Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital and the relocation of American embassy there.
Vote in UN General Assembly was 128 in favour, 9 against and 35 abstentions, a result which is an embarrassing loss to U.S President Donald Trump, who on Wednesday suggested that countries that vote against the US could face repercussions.
Trump went ahead to say America may cut funding and aid to nations that vote against Washington, saying it would remember those who singled it out for criticism.
“We’re watching those votes,” Trump said Wednesday.
“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.”
US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also attempted to put pressure on other countries not to vote against Washington, vowing to “take names.”
The threat didn’t seem to sway decisions taken today at the General Assembly as countries voted overwhelmingly against the United States.
“Vote is victory for Palestine.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.
The US cannot veto General Assembly motions, which require a simple majority to be adopted.