The Trump foreign policy team is looking at different options after the United Nations voted on Thursday to reject Trump’s decision to make Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Niki Haley addressed the U.N. on their tasteless vote to oppose President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. She allowed them the courtesy of knowing that their actions will have consequences, and their open hand to the U.S. for cash flow will soon be a closed fist.
“We will remember [this day] when we are called on once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” Haley continued, “And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us as the so often do to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
“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,” Haley added.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a press briefing Thursday afternoon that U.S. officials would “explore various options” for the administration to take, though noted nothing has been finalized.
“The president’s foreign policy team has been empowered to explore various options going forward; however, no decisions have been made,” Nauert said.
It’s not clear what actions the U.S. could take in response to the U.N. resolution, though Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley have threatened in recent days to withhold foreign aid to countries that voted to rebuke the U.S.
The U.N. General Assembly voted 128–9 on Thursday to urge the U.S. to withdraw its decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with 35 countries abstaining.