Reported by Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large | 4:48 PM 01/02/2018
Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the U.S. is taking its first move to punish the countries that opposed moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Those countries, it seems, will not be invited to a party America is throwing.
“As I said in December, we won’t forget the Jerusalem vote,” Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said. “To that end, tomorrow night, we are having a reception for the countries who chose not to oppose the U.S. position. This is a great sign of U.S. friendship, and I look forward to tomorrow evening. We hope to see more of this in 2018.”
“The United States is asked to do a huge amount around the world, and we are happy to do that. But we expect to be treated respectfully in return.”
President Donald Trump said that the countries who don’t vote with the U.S. at risk of having their U.S. aid cut. Were Trump to follow through on his threat, Daily Caller research found that the U.S. would save more than $24 billion.
But for now, no cocktails for you.
The decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sparked international backlash against America, and a referendum condemning the move was put forward at the United Nations. In response, Haley said that the United States would not forget the countries that “disrespected” America. When the final vote came down, 128 countries voted in opposition to the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem.