After a United Nations vote against American President Donald Trumpâ€™s recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâ€™s capital, the US has announced that it is planning to cut $285m from funds it would provide to the UN 2018-2019 budget.
This an implementation of aÂ threatÂ made by Trump, last week, that financial repercussions would follow if the UN General Assembly voted in favour of a resolution demanding that Washington retract itsÂ move regarding Jerusalem.
“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We donâ€™t care,” Trump told reporters at the White House, ahead of the vote.
In an official statement a few days after theÂ vote was passedÂ last Thursday, by a decisive 128-9, with 35 abstentions declaring Trumpâ€™s declaration â€śnull and void,â€ť the US delegation to the UN announced its decision to slash its funds, but also maintained that it wanted to make changes at the international body.
â€śWhile we are pleased with the results of this yearâ€™s budget negotiations, you can be sure weâ€™ll continue to look at ways to increase the UNâ€™s efficiencyâ€Ž while protecting our interests,â€ť said Washingtonâ€™s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to Days of Palestine.
â€śAmong a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget,â€ť she said.
â€śThis is not like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody knows what they are doing â€¦ People of the united states, people that live here, our great citizens that love this country, they are tired of this country being taken advantage of and we are not going to be taken advantage of any longer,â€ť Trump said.
â€śThis historic reduction in spendingâ€”in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UNâ€”is a big step in the right direction.â€ť
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