After a United Nations vote against American President Donald Trumpâs recognition of Jerusalem as Israelâs 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 donât 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 Trumpâs declaration ânull and void,â 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.
âWhile we are pleased with the results of this yearâs budget negotiations, you can be sure weâll continue to look at ways to increase the UNâs efficiencyâ while protecting our interests,â said Washingtonâs UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to Days of Palestine.
âAmong a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget,â she said.
âThis 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 âŠ 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 Trump said.
âThis historic reduction in spendingâin addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UNâis a big step in the right direction.â
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