Trump Will Stop UN Funding If He Doesn't Get His Way Over Jerusalem Vote, Nikki Haley Warns

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the U.S. will remember being singled out for criticism by the United Nations, and threatened on Thursday to cut U.S. funding to the U.N. if members adopt a resolution condemning Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the UN... We'll be honest with you, when we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognize and respected,” Haley said Thursday, shortly before member states are expected to vote.

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The U.N. General Assembly will hold an emergency session Thursday on whether to adopt a resolution condemning Trump’s decision about Jerusalem. The motion, which is mostly symbolic and does not carry legal weight, is expected to pass by a large margin.

Recipients of U.S. aid such as Egypt and Iraq are expected to vote for the motion, as are U.S. allies like Jordan and Turkey. 

In response, both Trump and Haley have said that he will be watching the votes and making a list of those that voted against the U.S., and that they will take retaliatory measures. Haley also suggested that the U.S. could stop funding the U.N. altogether. 

The U.N. is funded by its 193 member countries, and the contribution of each member is determined based on an assessment of its economic prowress. The U.S. currently contributes the largest amount, or around 22 percent of the U.N. budget.

Haley circulated a letter to members of the U.N urging them not to vote for the motion.

“The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us,” the letter reads.

Trump announced in early December that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and said his administration plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem eventually. 

Jerusalem’s status is controversial because it is at the center of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians over whether the Palestinians will get their own state. The eastern half of the city has been envisioned as the future capital of a Palestinian state if a two-state solution is reached.

Leaders across the Middle East have said Trump’s announcement put an end to any chance of a peace agreement by giving Israel what it wanted without asking for anything in return, and they have called for East Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of a Palestinian state.

The Trump administration insists that a peace agreement can be reached despite the controversial announcement, and that the U.S. has the right to put its embassy in the location of its choice.

“The President clearly voice support for a two-state solution if that’s what the parties agree to, and he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to peace,” Haley’s letter to U.N. members reads.

“I know that many in the General Assembly are also committed to the cause of peace, and I ask that you consider whether a GA resolution contributes to that cause or fuels the heated rhetoric and violence.”