U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the countries in the international body that the Trump administration “will be taking names” when the UN general assembly holds a rare emergency session on Thursday to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

Ambassador Haley tweeted on Tuesday: “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 Thursday there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”

Ambassador Haley posted the Tuesday warning on Twitter after the UN Security Council voted 14-1 to condemn Trump’s move. The UN security council resolution called on Trump to withdraw his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the U.S. the sole opposing vote. While the resolution, drafted by Egypt, did not specifically mention the U.S. or Trump, it did express “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

Saying that the UN vote was an “insult,” Haley said that the U.S. will not accept dictates over where it places its embassy. While the resolution was blocked at the security council, the Palestinian delegation has moved to put the resolution before the UN's General Assembly, where the American delegation cannot block it, for a vote scheduled for Thursday. 

On Wednesday, Trump threatened to eliminate financial aid to countries that vote in favor of the draft resolution on Thursday. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

In a separate letter, Ambassador Haley told UN member countries -- including European countries -- that their stance on the coming resolution on Jerusalem will be duly noted by the United States. "As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and U.S. take this vote personally," she wrote. "The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us."

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump said at the White House that he and Haley had worked together on the messaging. "Nikki [Haley], that was the right message that you and I agreed to be sent yesterday," he said. "People that live here, our great citizens that love this country - they're tired of this country being taken advantage of and we're not going to be taken advantage of any longer." Trump said, "Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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