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Haley sent ‘friendship’ invites to nations that didn’t oppose the US at the UN

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday invited the 65 nations who did not back a recent U.N. resolution condemning America on Jerusalem’s status to a reception.

Haley’s email, which was obtained by Fox News Thursday, asked the countries in question to a Jan. 3 “reception to thank you for your friendship to the United States.”

Thursday’s invite to the reception next year – which takes place at the U.S. mission to the U.N. – marks a symbolic step by America to keep track of who supported its stance on Jerusalem.

Haley earlier Thursday tweeted out her thanks to the nations who did not follow the U.N.’s “irresponsible ways” during a controversial General Assembly vote there the same day.

The U.N.’s General Assembly on Thursday voted 128-9 to declare the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”

Nine nations voted against the measure, while 35 abstained from casting a ballot and 21 were not present for the moment.

Thursday’s vote took place during an emergency session of the assembly, and the resolution urged President Trump’s administration to reverse course on Jerusalem’s status.

Trump earlier this month declared that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, a move which sparked international backlash.

Jerusalem’s status has been a longstanding source of contention between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and critics accused Trump of upending the potential for peace between both sides.

Thursday’s General Assembly resolution was not legally binding and the U.S. is not obligated to abide by the measure.

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The measure does exert immense diplomatic pressure on Trump to change his mind, however, despite the president’s repeated pledge to practice an “America first” foreign policy.

Trump on Wednesday threatened nations who voted in favor of the U.N.’s resolution against his Jerusalem move with a loss of U.S. aid.

“All of these nations that take our money and then they vote against us at the [U.N.] Security Council or they vote against us, potentially, at the [U.N. General] Assembly, they take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us,” he said at the White House.

“Well, we’re watching those votes,” Trump added during a Cabinet meeting. “Let them vote against us; we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

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