Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to UN Members Over Jerusalem Vote
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to stop giving financial aid to countries that vote in favor of an emergency United Nations resolution this week.
The draft resolution calls for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday, "They take hundreds of millions 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," the president added.
The 193-member U.N. General Assembly will hold the rare emergency special session on Thursday. Arab and Muslim countries requested the special session. Egypt drafted the resolution.
The United States vetoed the draft resolution on Monday in the 15-member U.N. Security Council. The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of it. The draft resolution does not directly mention Trump or the United States. But it expresses "deep regret at decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem."
Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said in a letter to several U.N. states that Trump had asked her to "report back on those countries who voted against us."
She repeated that warning in a Twitter post, writing, "The U.S. will be taking names."
Bolivia's U.N. Ambassador, Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, said of Haley's message: "The first name that she should write down is Bolivia." He added that the message was disrespectful and arrogant.
Several senior diplomats said Haley's warning was not likely to change many votes in the General Assembly, where such public, direct threats are rare.
Miroslav Lajcak, the president of the General Assembly, did not comment on Trump's threat. But he did say, "It's the right and responsibility of member states to express their views."
A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also did not comment on Trump's remarks.
Trump reversed US position on Jerusalem
Trump suddenly reversed years of U.S. policy earlier this month when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The decision led to anger and protests from Palestinians and across the Arab world, as well as concern among Western allies of the United States.
Trump has said he plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The draft U.N. resolution calls on all countries to not establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
Israel considers Jerusalem its indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city's eastern area, which Israel captured in the Six-Day War in 1967. The move was never recognized internationally.
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1.financial aid 财政援助
He gave a long account of his troubles, with the implication that he needed financial aid.
2.vote against 投票反对
He would vote against it on principle.
3.calls for 呼吁；要求
The plan calls for a ceasefire and UN supervision of the country
4.write dow 写下；记录
Only by writing things down could I bring some sort of order to the confusion.
5.The decision led to anger and protests from Palestinians and across the Arab world, as well as concern among Western allies of the United States.
as well as 也；和...一样
They visited some factories, hospitals as well as the school.
Whoever did him in removed a man who was brave as well as ruthless.
6.The remaining 14 Security Council members voted in favor of it.
in favor of 支持...；以...取代
The general opinion is in favor of us.
The emperor abdicated in favor of his son.
周三，特朗普在白宫向记者表示：“他们拿走美国数亿甚至数十亿美元的援助，然后投票反对我们 。那好，我们会盯紧那些表决票 。”特朗普还表示，“让他们投票反对吧，美国将节省很多开支 。我们不在乎” 。
周四，联合国将召集193个成员国举行特别紧急会议 。阿拉伯和穆斯林国家请求举行这一特别会议 。起草该决议的国家是埃及 。
周一，美国否决了联合国安理会15个成员的决议草案 。其他的14个成员国都投了赞成票 。虽然该决议草案没有提及特朗普和美国，但该草案指出对“耶路撒冷归属的决定深表遗憾 。”
美国驻联合国大使尼基·黑利（Nikki Haley）在写给数个联合国成员的信中表示，特朗普让她“汇报那些投反对票的国家 。”
玻利维亚驻联合国大使萨沙·塞尔吉奥·罗伦蒂蒂·索利兹（Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz）谈到黑利的警告，他说，“黑利第一个要记下的国家就是玻利维亚 。”他补充说，该警告十分失礼且傲慢 。
联合国大会主席米罗斯拉夫·拉杰克（Miroslav Lajcak）对特朗普的威胁未作置评 。但他表示：“各成员国有权利和责任发表自己的观点 。”
联合国秘书长安东尼奥·古特雷斯（Antonio Guterres）的发言人也未对特朗普的言论作出任何评论 。
本月初，特朗普突然推翻了美国多年的政策——承认耶路撒冷为以色列首都 。该决定引发巴勒斯坦和整个阿拉伯国家的愤怒和抗议，同时引起了美国西方盟友的担忧 。
特朗普表示，计划将美国大使馆从特拉维夫迁往耶路撒冷 。联合国决议草案呼吁所有国家不要在耶路撒冷设立大使馆 。
以色列认为，耶路撒冷是该国不可分割的首都，希望各国将大使馆设在此处 。而巴勒斯坦希望，独立的巴勒斯坦将首都设在东耶路撒冷 。1967年，以色列在六日战争中占领东耶路撒冷 。但此举并未得到国际社会认可 。