The Trump administration has drawn a line in the sand, threatening to cut off aid to nations that piled on in a United Nations resolution denouncing the United States’ decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
“The United States will remember this day, in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said before yesterday’s vote....
...Other experts called out Trump’s language as little more than empty rhetoric designed to polish a political image.
“This is just a general threat to show to his base that he is putting America first because I can’t really think he’s going to influence the policies of most of the countries he’s talking to,” said Jeswald Salacuse, a professor of international negotiations at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Salacuse also doubted Trump will stop funding Egypt and Jordan, who defied the U.S. yesterday on the resolution, but still annually accept more than $1 billion each in aid.
“That would be like shooting ourselves in the foot to cut off aid to them,” Salacuse said, “because they’re part of the military net that we have built to deal with terror and to keep stability.”
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