US Tells World “It Won’t Be Forgotten”

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations.

In a vote of 14 to 1,  members of the UN Security Council voted in favor of a resolution calling for President Trump to rescind his declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, denounced the resolution as “an insult” and said it “won’t be forogtten.” The President opened a can of worms as he reversed decades of previous administration policy concerning the status of Jerusalem. The decision lead to protest all over the world and precipitated Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh call for a Third Intifada saying , “We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy. This will not stop until the liberation of Jerusalem and the West Bank. United Jerusalem is Arab and Muslim, and it is the capital of the state of Palestine, all of Palestine. The US vetoed the resolution, the first in 6 years, saying “The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.” It is thought that the UN will now seek a resolution in the General Assembly, where there is no veto power. In response to the resolution action being contemplated by the General Assembly, the President  said, “I like the message that Nikki sent yesterday at the United Nations for all of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the Security Council, or they vote against us potentially at the [General] Assembly. 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 don’t care.” Vice President Pence was scheduled for Mid East talks, but cancelled the trip due to lingering concerns about the tax bill, and the Palestinian calls for a “Day Of Rage,” during his visit. President Trump says people are looking at the stance he has taken declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol and are siding with him, ” I’ve had a lot of good comment on it, believe me. People are tired of the United States, the people that live here, our great citizens that love this country, they’re tired of this country being taken advantage of, and we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.” In a CNN poll conducted Tuesday, the President has an approval rating of just 35 percent. It marks the worst approval rating in a December of any elected president’s first year in the White House,  and only the second time since the dawn of modern polling that a president’s approval rating sank under 50% at this point.

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