Published: Mon, December 25, 2017
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump White House docks United Nations budget $285M after Jerusalem backlash

Trump White House docks United Nations budget $285M after Jerusalem backlash

This UN resolution follows threats by Trump to withdraw USA aid from countries that voted in favour of it.

The countries that voted against the resolution were the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and Palau.

Nauert said at a press conference in Washington that the president, Donald Trump, "granted power" to the State Department to study possible responses to the outcome of the United Nations vote.

"Well, we're watching those votes", he added.

Only nine voted No, and supported the U.S. position, including the Pacific islands countries of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands, along with Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Togo and the USA. We'll save a lot.

The United States (U.S.) has dealt a major blow to the finances of the United Nations (UN) after the country's Ambassador to the organisation Nikki Haley announced a historic reduction in its biennial operating budget. "We don't care", the President said at the time.

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This move comes after US president Donald Trump threatened to cut aid from countries that voted against the United States' decision regarding Jerusalem in the Security Council on December 18 and the General Assembly on December 21. "The move to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States was an arbitrary, unjust and baseless move that defied history and tenets of justice", said National Conference president and Member of Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah (December 22), adding "India, by voting in support of the resolution along with other countries, has upheld its considered and principled stand on Palestine".

In July, Trump had promised $639m in aid to assist people facing starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

Israel was the only country that praised the USA decision.

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". Unsurprisingly the vote was referred to as "preposterous" by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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"We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations and 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".

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