When the Egyptian-drafted UN Security Council resolution calling for a reversal of Trump’s decision recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital passed by a 14-1 margin, Amb. Nikki Haley voted to veto it. She made the following astounding threat (by Twitter, of course): “At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.” “We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer,” Trump chimed in.
“Taking names”: childish and gangster-like, I tweeted back. And “you don’t speak for me” or anyone else who wants a just Middle East peace, I added. This episode will probably be remembered as a classic in Trump administration foreign policy, exemplifying its bumbling diplomacy—alienation of friends, undermining of international institutions, and reliance on empty threats.
Haley’s peevish display shows us once again that the real effect of “America First” is to put America last.