After US is spurned in UN vote, Trump's ambassador vows retribution

"We will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more," Haley said

By Matthew Rozsa

Published December 21, 2017 1:47PM (EST)

Nikki Haley (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Nikki Haley (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump's decision to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has just been overwhelmingly condemned by the United Nations. Now his ambassador to that body, Nikki Haley, is threatening to blow up America's relationships with the rest of the world in retribution for their vote.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," Ambassador Haley told the United Nations on Thursday. "We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations. We will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more, and to use our influence for their benefit."

A whopping 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution that rejected Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Besides the United States and Israel, the only other countries to vote against the resolution were Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo. Thirty-five other countries abstained, including close American allies like Australia, Canada and Mexico. Barak Ravid, a reporter for the Israeli news source Channel 10 news, claims that Canada had considered voting against the resolution — but, after hearing Trump's threats, decided to abstain instead, so that it wouldn't be perceived as a United States puppet.

The threat in question most likely refers to a tweet issued by Haley on Tuesday, in which she said she would be "taking names" of countries that opposed America's move in Jerusalem.

"At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more," Haley stated on Twitter. "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," she continued.

Haley also wrote that "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."

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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