During his final Cabinet meeting of the year, President Donald Trump said that any country voting in favor of the United Nations' resolution denouncing his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital risks losing American aid. The remarks followed UN ambassador Nikki Haley's letter stating that she would be taking the names of all who voted in favor.
“All these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council or the assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and billions of dollars and they vote against us,” Mr. Trump said. “Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
Trump's statements also follow a U.S. veto used to block the Security Council's resolution demanding that the administration reverse its decision on Jerusalem.
The vote on the resolution, which was drafted by Egypt, was 14 to 1, suggesting there would be a similarly lopsided margin against the United States in the 193-member General Assembly.
The president has spoken previously about the United States getting little to nothing in return for its aid to foreign countries. At the Cabinet meeting, he reiterated those sentiments, saying,
“People are tired of the United States — 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.”