U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley took member states to task over the General Assembly vote Thursday to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Now, she’s thanking the few who stood by the White House.
In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Haley praised the nations who rejected — by abstention or vote — the “irresponsible” U.N. vote:
The tweet from Haley came not long after the ambassador addressed the General Assembly, where she delivered a blistering speech on the matter. She pledged the U.S. “will remember” which countries voted for the U.S. to be “singled out and attacked” for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.
“We will remember,” Haley charged, “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.”
Haley foreshadowed Thursday’s vote Wednesday evening with a tweet, in which she quoted Trump reassuring her that he has no problem with a negative vote. “Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot,” Trump said:
Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot." pic.twitter.com/eUGWD4cCBR
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
“The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations … We’ll be honest with you: when we make generous contributions to the U.N., we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” Haley said.
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