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Donald Trump considering ending foreign aid for countries who hate Israel
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According to an ancient proverb, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” By extension, the enemy of my friend must also be my enemy — or at least, that seems to be President Donald Trump’s mindset when it comes to Israel.
Israel has been under fire by members of the United Nations, especially since Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the country’s capital. In defense of our greatest and most loyal ally in the Middle East, Trump suggested on Wednesday that he may begin cutting off aid to those countries calling for the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, announced on the president’s behalf that America will be “taking names” of countries voting in favor of a resolution that condemns the president’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. She wrote on Twitter:
At the UN, we’re constantly asked to do more and give more — in the past we have. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thursday, there will be a vote at the UN criticizing our choice. And yes, the US will be taking names.
Trump takes it to the next level
Haley’s statement earned presidential approval.
“I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations for all of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the assembly,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Then he took it to the next logical step.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes,” he said. “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”
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“Emergency” U.N. session
The president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital drew criticism both at home and abroad. The U.N. is scheduled to vote on how they will handle the issue on Thursday.
The Hill reported:
The General Assembly is set to hold an emergency special session, requested by Arab members, on Thursday to discuss Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The vote on the resolution comes days after the U.S. vetoed a similar resolution in the U.N. Security Council. Unlike on the Security Council, however, the U.S. does not wield veto power in the General Assembly.
Speaking before the U.S. Security Council Monday, Haley said that the issue ultimately comes down to national sovereignty.
“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” she said.
We put America first.
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