Trump threat to cut aid raises stakes in UN Jerusalem vote

2017-12-21 20:20
President Donald Trump speaks on national security in Washington. (Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump speaks on national security in Washington. (Evan Vucci, AP)

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New York - US President Donald Trump's threat to cut off US funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has raised the stakes in Thursday's UN vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail.

Trump went a step further than US Ambassador Nikki Haley who hinted in a tweet and a letter to most of the 193 UN member states on Tuesday that the US would retaliate against countries that vote in favour of a General Assembly resolution calling on the president to rescind his decision.

READ: Palestinians to seek UN backing if US vetoes Jerusalem resolution

Haley says the president asked her to report back on countries "who voted against us" - and she stressed that the US "will be taking names".

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