12.21.17

Leahy REAX To The President’s Threat To Cut Support To The UN And To Countries That Oppose His U.S. Embassy/Jerusalem Decision

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of its State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.]

“The President’s decision to ignore his national security advisors about moving our embassy at this fragile moment was cause enough for concern.  Now he is compounding that error by threatening the United Nations itself, as well as other countries, many of which are close allies, with a cutoff of the support we provide that serves our own national interests and security.  This further weakens our national interests, while further weakening our influence in the world.  As has been aptly noted, this is not America first; this is America alone.

“Campaign promises may make good political fodder.  But the words and actions of this White House over the past 12 months have made a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict harder to achieve.  That is harmful to our own security, harmful to Israel’s long-term security, and harmful to stability in that region and beyond.”

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