- Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, sent a letter to several member states notifying them that President Donald Trump had told her to take note of who voted against the US in a vote at the UN on Thursday.
- In a tweet, Haley said “the US will be taking names.”
- The vote expresses “regret” at the US decision on Jerusalem earlier this month.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, sent a letter to several UN member states ahead of a vote in the General Assembly on Thursday. In the letter, she warned that President Donald Trump had instructed her to make note of members’ votes on the resolution – then tweeted she would be “taking names” of members who did not vote in line with the United States.
Haley’s letter, which was sent Wednesday, said “the President and the US take this vote personally.” Haley reiterated her position and intentions on Twitter soon afterward.
“At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more,” she tweeted. “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 criticising our choice. The US will be taking names.”
The UN General Assembly will vote on a non-binding resolution that expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.” The resolution, which was drafted by Egypt, had previously passed in the UN Security Council on Monday in a near-unanimous vote, in which the lone dissenting opinion came from the United States.
Although the resolution does not name the US directly, it is widely viewed as an indirect challenge to Trump’s decision earlier this month to announce the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and to recognise the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s announcement elicited broad international condemnation, along with a statement of support from Israel.
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