UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTES TO OVERTURN US EMBASSY MOVE, UN AMBASSADOR HALEY RESPONDS
In a 128-9 vote, the United Nations general assembly voted to condemn the United States in its recent action to move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations was not pleased with the outcome of the resolution. She gave a fiery speech that rocked Twitter and all outlets of media.
.@nikkihaley: U.S. "will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation…We will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more." pic.twitter.com/20RGHzfMub
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) December 21, 2017
She said in her fiery speech that in no uncertain terms will the UN tell the United States where they can put its embassy. Haley also stated in ominous terms that “We will remember it when we are called to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations” signaling that US support for the UN may come into question.
Speaking Softly and Carrying a Big Stick in Regards to the United Nations
In anticipation of the vote on the resolution, President Trump hinted towards defunding the UN. He said to Haley, “Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot”, implying that the US would cut funding entirely to the UN or at the very least Congress would continue cuts in funding. The comment is a further continuation of the President’s “America First” policies and attitude. It also is very Teddy Roosevelt-esque in the sense that he is making a small comment that means a great deal internationally.
House Republicans Have Shown Contempt for the United Nations, Previously Signaling for Ending Us Membership
In 2015, Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, a prominent member of the House Liberty Caucus had vocally sponsored a bill to end American membership in the United Nations. In 2016 it was reintroduced as HR. 1205, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act. It was originally introduced by Rep. Mike Rogers and sponsored by Massie and Reps. Duncan, Westmoreland and Huelskamp. Chances are it will be reintroduced in 2018 but, the question is, will it garner enough support to leave the foreign affairs committee? With the President’s new zeal for “America First”, it just may and the fate of the United Nations may be in jeopardy.