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Trump threat to cut aid faces credibility test after UN vote

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23.12.2017

After threatening to cut off nations that rebuked him over Jerusalem, President Donald Trump faces a key question about his global credibility: Will he follow through?

Most of the world defied the United States on Thursday at the U.N., voting for a resolution that declares Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to be "null and void." Only a day earlier, Trump had linked the vote to future U.S. foreign assistance, telling reporters: "Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot. We don't care."

Trump's U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, upped the ante further in a speech just before the vote. Not only was foreign aid in the crosshairs, but U.S. funding for the United Nations, too, she said. Haley said the United States would "remember this day" when it was singled out for exercising its sovereignty.

"We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations," Haley said in the General Assembly.

Yet the ultimatums from Haley and Trump did not dissuade almost all the top recipients of the billions of dollars Washington gives each year to help with security, development and other needs.

And within hours of the........

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