In a threat to the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. ambassador to the international body, Nikki Haley, forewarned that the U.S. "will be taking names" ahead of a vote this week to condemn President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and pressure him to rescind his declaration.
"At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more," Haley tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. "So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names."
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
Haley's mafia-style threat comes as the General Assembly is expected to hold an emergency session on Thursday where a vote will be held on a resolution to oppose the Trump administration's recent Jerusalem decision, according to Reuters. The world has by and large criticized Trump's decision and has warned that it has tarnished hopes of achieving a peaceful solution.
Haley also wrote that the U.S. will remember the countries that publicly dare to criticize the country, in a letter to dozens of U.N. states.
"The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue," Haley wrote.
The call for a rare emergency session comes after the U.S. vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution on Monday that would have made Washington rescind the highly controversial move. All 14 other council members, including longtime close U.S. allies, voted against the U.S.
Thursday's vote by the General Assembly would be not be legally binding, meaning the vote would serve as an expression of disapproval, which certainly still holds some political clout.
But Haley doesn't seem to recognize that her tactics are putting the nation down a lonely path and places it at odds with many traditional U.S. allies. Much like the president, she continues to grandstand or perform political theater in order to shield the U.S. from wrongdoing and position itself as the victim.
Trump has, however, refused to back down from his proclamation and has instead insisted that it will help with a peace process, despite widespread agreement that it only weakens peaceful solutions.
In the end, Haley's threats only ring hollow as they further isolate the U.S. and simply come off as tone deaf, short-sighted and immature.
Someone should inform Haley, who is supposed to act as a diplomat and not a Trump sycophant, that the votes are public record, so she won't need to take any names. Plenty of others quickly took notice of how harmful Haley's publicity stunts can be for the U.S. and the world order.
Is Nikki Haley really so dumb as to think that this whole “we’re taking names” bullshit is suppose to scare the security council? https://t.co/Sc1XfzUu0T
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) December 20, 2017
Actual letter from the US’ UN ambassador Nikki Haley. This last paragraph is written like a fifth grade threat of someone taking names to report to teacher. It’s a f’ing joke and an embarrassment to our country. pic.twitter.com/In7i5CMRS0
— Paul Dickinson (@prdickinson) December 20, 2017
It’s almost like Western imperialists have no idea what the repercussions of their clumsy, selfish, amoral actions will be.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 19, 2017
This is a dumb thing to say, Amb @nikkihaley.
Our influence in diplomacy comes from our ability to speak to universal values and aspirations— mafia-boss threats are the crude tool of autocrats. https://t.co/0hQ4zbmUl2
— Daniel Baer (@danbbaer) December 20, 2017
By threatening to "take names" of countries opposing the US recognition of Jerusalem the General Assembly, @nikkihaley has declared Thursday's vote a referendum on the administration's global credibility. Good luck with that.
My guess: 171 in favor, 7 against, 9 abstentions.
— Raphael Ahren (@RaphaelAhren) December 20, 2017
Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay MORE FROM Charlie May
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