Washington responds after Jerusalem vote, cuts budget to UN

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks during a Security Council meeting at UN Headquarters in New York City

The U.N.'s operating budget is separate from its peacekeeping budget, which was cut by $600 million this year, under pressure from President Donald Trump, AFP reported.

On Sunday, Haley said the trimmed-down budget would mean increased discipline and accountability throughout the global organization.

"The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known".

The Trump administration and conservatives have always been eyeing how to reduce United Nations spending. Erdoğan added that the call to the U.S.to nullify the vote would continue and responded to a question whether he will be discussing the matter with Trump any time soon; he said Turkey has called on the U.S.to discuss the matter with them, as Ankara is the term president of the OIC, however, it has not yet happened.

With 128 votes in favor, with 9 against, leaving 35 abstentions, the UN General Assembly approved a non-binding resolution that demands Washington to back down and refrain from moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

The U.N.'s 193-member General Assembly on December 21 adopted a resolution on Jerusalem with an overwhelming majority of them calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of the city as the capital of Israel.

Dershowitz said he also believes more countries will decide to move their embassies to Jerusalem following Trump's action.

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"Whether there actual bias or not, we will only know in the end", he said.

As the United Nations was expected to vote in support of a resolution that condemned the U.S.'s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move its embassy there, President Donald Trump said, "They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. well, we're watching those votes".

In July, Trump had promised $639m in aid to assist people facing starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Unsurprisingly the vote was referred to as "preposterous" by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a post on Facebook on Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

"We, Palestinians, Christians and Muslims reject the USA recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", he added.

Israel was the only country that praised the USA decision.

"We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations and we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit".

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