United States government may sanction Nigeria, others over Jerusalem

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The United States considers recent cuts to UN budget a right move and will seek increased efficiency in the work of the United Nations, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday.

The United States is by far the largest contributor to the UN budget, providing for 22 per cent of the core budget.

"The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well-known", Haley noted, adding, "We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked".

Donald Trump recently threatened that his administration might be cutting the "millions of dollars, even billions of dollars" in foreign aid to the countries that would vote in favour of the resolution, which called to reject the Trump administration's decision which also wants to move the United States embassy of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Prior to the vote, Trump wrote on Twitter: "We're watching those votes".

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The final tally was 128-9, with 35 nations abstaining, including five members of the European Union. But for those who voted against it, abstained, or didn't attend, Mrs Haley has invited them to a reception to thank them for "their friendship" to the US. That assertion, known as the "Uniting for Peace" resolution, passed the General Assembly in November 1950. It instead calls on all members to comply with Security Council resolutions regarding Jerusalem and reaffirms that the status and governance of the city constitute "a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant United Nations resolutions".

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump was quoted by the UK's The Guardian newspaper as saying, "Let them (Nigeria and other countries benefitting from the U.S. financial aids) vote against us". The United States does this "because it represents who we are".

The most recent use of the power came this week, with the General Assembly passing a resolution essentially identical to one that the United States had vetoed three days earlier and had been supported by all 14 other members of the Security Council.

"But this isn't like it used to be where they could vote against you (the US) and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars". When we make generous contributions to the United Nations, we also have a legitimate expectation that our good will is recognised and respected.

For good measure, she also took to Twitter, writing: "At the United Nations we're always asked to do more and give more".