U.N. passes measure implicitly condemning Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure rejecting the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which was repeatedly criticized as undermining the prospects for peace.

Despite blunt warnings of U.S. funding cuts, 128 countries voted in favor of the nonbinding resolution and only nine voted against it. Another 35 countries abstained.

"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. "We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world's largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."

The list of countries whose representatives came to the podium included many adversaries that have squared off with the Trump Administration, including Venezuela, Syria and North Korea. They all portrayed Trump's Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem and move the embassy as a boon for extremists and an obstacle to peace.

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