Trump Threatens to Cut Aid Over UN Jerusalem Vote.

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The US president said at the White House on Wednesday the US would be "watching those votes".

Donald Trump has threatened to cut aid to countries that vote in favour of a draft UN resolution condemning the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


The US president said at the White House on Wednesday the US would be "watching those votes".


"They take hundreds of millions of dollars 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," Reuters news agency quoted Trump as saying.


The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency session on Thursday to vote on the controversial US decision.


The motion is expected to pass easily in the 193-member UN body, but it will be non-binding.


Threatening letters:

The president's comments come after Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, sent threatening letters to UN member states urging them to vote against the motion.


Haley also said on Twitter that "the US will be taking names" of countries that vote in favour of the resolution.


Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital on December 6 and announced the US intention to move its embassy to the city.


The contentious move prompted large-scale protests and condemnation from leaders around the world.


US veto:

On Tuesday, the US vetoed an Egyptian-sponsored UN Security Council resolution that called on countries not to establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.


The US was outnumbered 14 to 1 when it vetoed that resolution.


"The member states of the General Assembly will be asked to vote on the same draft resolution that we presented to the Security Council, which the US has blocked with the veto," Riyad al-Maliki, foreign minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA), said in a statement on Monday.


, reports comming  from the UN headquarters in New York, said the Swedish ambassador to the UN has signalled that it would vote in favour of the UNGA resolution.


"What we're going to be seeing in the General Assembly Thursday on that particular vote is likely to be a sweeping condemnation now not just of attempts to alter the status of Jerusalem, but also in a way an opinion poll on President Trump's isolationist policies," Hanna said.

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