Nikki Haley Sends Friendship Invites Only to Countries Who Backed US in UN Jerusalem Vote

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued invitations on Thursday to the 65 countries that backed the United States by either voting “no” or not voting for a U.N. General Assembly resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The invitation to the Jan. 3 reception marked a symbolic step of the U.S. taking note of who supports the country and who doesn’t “a reception to thank you for your friendship to the United States.”The invitations come a day after 128 countries bucked the U.S. and voted for a resolution pushing back on their recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“When a nation is singled out for attack in this organization, that nation is disrespected. What’s more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected. In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege,” Haley said. “The United States is by far the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies.”

Nine countries voted against the resolution, including Israel, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and Togo, and 35 abstained, including the six EU member states Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Latvia. The rest of the European Union was among the 128 nations that voted in favor. The representatives of 21 countries were absent from the vote.

Prior to the vote, Trump wrote on Twitter: “We’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” His words were widely interpreted as a threat to cut aid to countries that vote against the United States position on Jerusalem.