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Rubio: US should re-evaluate role as top UN donor due to ‘anti-Americanism’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday said the United States should re-evaluate its role as a top donor to the United Nations given the body’s vote to condemn President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Given its tendency to be forum for anti-Semitism & anti-Americanism, reevaluation of US role as single largest donor to #UN is long overdue,” Rubio tweeted.

 

His statement echoes his previous statements on the U.N.

Rubio co-sponsored legislation earlier this year aimed at combating “systemic bias” against Israel at the United Nations.{mosads}

The U.N. voted Thursday to call on the U.S. to withdraw its decision declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and withdraw its intent to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv. The resolution is not legally binding but represents widespread opposition to the move.

Leading up to the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned countries that the U.S. would “remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.”

“We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit,” she continued. 

Despite her statement, 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution. Nine countries were opposed and 35 abstained.

In the aftermath of Trump’s announcement, numerous European and Middle Eastern leaders warned it would create instability in the region and could threaten peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Trump suggested earlier this week that the U.S. could cut off foreign aid for countries that voted for the resolution.

Tags Donald Trump Israel Jerusalem Marco Rubio Nikki Haley United Nations

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