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

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The General Assembly voted Thursday 128-9 to pass a resolution saying Trump's declaration was "null and void".

With the vote having gone as expected, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is now following through on Trump's directive.

Tonga was one of 21 countries absent from voting at the United Nations headquarters, on December 21, when the UN passed a resolution opposing the United States' unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The UN vote last week, in which a resounding majority of member states declared Trump's move to be null and void, constituted "a worldwide vote of no confidence" in the USA president, "from which Israel will suffer the next time it seeks to draft the global community to some joint effort against Iran or any other enemy", stated the analysis, published on the weekend. 'We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked'.

"While we are pleased with the results of this year's budget negotiations, you can be sure we will continue to look at ways to increase the UN's efficiency‎ while protecting our interests", said Ambassador Haley.

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"The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known", Haley said. "That vote at the Security Council and the General Assembly should be responded to and Nikki Haley, who has become a real hero, did exactly the right thing". I believe this mistake would not have been made if Mr. Trump had made his consultation with us.

"But this isn't like it used to be where they could vote against you (the US) and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We don't care", Trump stated. It did not pass when the US used its veto.

As reported in the United States and UK media, the American government said it would sanction Nigeria and other countries that voted against its decision.

She also put up a list on Twitter, thanking countries who didn't defy the United States decision. "Israel has established very good relations with some central and South American countries". Unsurprisingly the vote was referred to as "preposterous" by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "But this vote will make a difference to how Americans look at the United Nations and on how we look at countries (that) disrespect us in the United Nations and this vote will be remembered". "Those are the thoughts that come to mind when we consider the resolution before us today". However, the 14 to 1 result was still interpreted as a unified stance against Trump's controversial decision on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city instead of Tel Aviv.