Trump and Haley turned an inconsequential vote into a spectacle of US isolation and impotence.
I don’t understand what they were thinking. Donald Trump makes a decision to appease his largest donor, Sheldon Adelson, and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (but not necessarily as an “undivided” city, leaving the status of East Jerusalem ambiguous).
He must have been told by Tillerson and Mattis, who advised against it, the decision would be unpopular on the international stage, and at the UN. Instead of taking the inevitable UN backlash on the chin, Trump and Haley team up for a pitiful, half-arsed attempt at threatening the entire globe that only highlights how isolated and powerless the lone superpower is here.
Even the comical “coalition” Bush cobbled together for Iraq took many months of serious behind-the-scenes arm-twisting. Did the Haley-Trump duo seriously expect their half-arsed threat two minutes before midnight would have a similar result?
This was a symbolic, non-binding resolution of the UN General Assembly. It could have been easily shrugged off. Instead, the Trump-Haley duo elected to make an inconsequential vote into an embarrassing display of American diplomatic isolation and impotence.
Red – voted with the US. Yellow, or grey – abstained or absent
Source: Checkpoint Asia