The next episode of the daytime TV drama the United Nations has become likely will center on President Trump’s warning of consequences for the global body and the member nations that supported a resolution condemning U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
A former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says the president should begin with deciding which U.N. agencies the U.S. “can zero out.”
Then, he says, the U.S. needs to look at which agencies “we can withdraw from.”
On Twitter, after the U.N. voted Thursday to condemn the U.S. decision, Bolton said: “I would urge @POTUS to look at today’s #UN vote as a pivot to look at the question of American funding of the United Nations-what agencies we can zero out, what agencies we can withdraw from, as well as moving towards voluntary contributions.”
Others, including a petition, have urges the U.S. to withdraw from the U.N. and expel the global body from its New York City headquarters.
I would urge @POTUS to look at today’s #UN vote as a pivot to look at the question of American funding of the United Nations- what agencies we can zero out, what agencies we can withdraw from, as well as moving towards voluntary contributions.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 21, 2017
At the social-media news aggregating site Twitchy, a blogger commented: “OK, so we’ve already heard from former CIA director John Brennan on the United Nations and President Trump’s threat to withhold aid, and his tweet has made him the new poster boy for The Resistance.
“Fortunately, John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations, jumped on Twitter … and gave the opinion of someone who’s been in Nikki Haley’s seat and who also seems to value America’s sovereign rights over those of other nations in the U.N.”
Twitchy said people could “zero out” U.S. government programs, too, “but the U.N. would make a great practice field.”
The far-left Brennan, the CIA director under Barack Obama, lashed out at the current administration for “outrageous” actions in the U.N.
Nine nations opposed it and another 35 abstained.
Trump had warned before the vote that it could affect U.S. aid. The U.S., a key provider of aid worldwide, provides 23 percent of the U.N. budget, making it by far the largest contributor.
Supporting the condemnation were traditional American allies such as France and the United Kingdom. Israel and less influential members, such as Honduras, Guatemala, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo, Tonga and the Marshall Islands, joined the U.S. in voting against it.
WND reported U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned prior to the vote that she would be “taking names” of nations that condemn the president’s decision.
The U.S. vetoed a similar resolution of condemnation in the Security Council earlier this week.
The vote tally:
It was Turkey and Yemen, on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, that demanded the vote in an emergency meeting in response to Trump’s Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration.
The president said he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though the timing is uncertain.
He explained the decision was “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality” and that the move should not be interpreted as a departure from the U.S. stance of working toward a peaceful “two-state solution” to the age-old Arab-Israeli conflict.
Haley, earlier in the week, tweeted: “At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
As the vote approached, Haley told the assembly, “The United States 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 we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”