You gonna respect us?

The UN told Trump to go fuck himself.

The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge majority to reject his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The vote came after a redoubling of threats by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said that Washington would remember which countries “disrespected” America by voting against it.

Jesus. Who else talks like that? Bullies, that’s who. “You will respect me or else.”

Despite the warning, 128 members voted on Thursday in favour of the resolution supporting the longstanding international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinians – can only be settled as an agreed final issue in a peace deal. Countries which voted for the resolution included major recipients of US aid such as Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although largely symbolic, the vote in emergency session of the world body had been the focus of days of furious diplomacy by both the Trump administration and Israel, including Trump’s threat to cut US funding to countries that did not back the US recognition.

But only nine states – including the United States and Israel –voted against the resolution. The other countries which supported Washington were Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala and Honduras.

Ouch. Micronesia – says it all, dunnit.

35 countries abstained, including a lot of allies like Australia and Canada.

While support for the resolution was somewhat less than Palestinian officials had hoped, the meagre tally of just nine votes in support of the US and Israeli position was a serious diplomatic blow for Trump.

On the one hand he’ll hurl insults about it, on the other hand he’ll blame it all on Hillary and Fake News and The Swamp. What he won’t do is learn anything or feel chastened.

Speaking to the assembly before the vote, Haley – who earlier in the week told members that the US “would be taking names” – returned to the offensive.

She never left the offensive. She’s stuck in the offensive as long as she works for that excrescence.

“I must also say today: when we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have expectation that we will be respected,” she said. “What’s more, we are being asked to pay for the dubious privileges of being disrespected.”

Who’s “we”? She doesn’t represent the whole of the US, and Trump certainly doesn’t. US payments to the UN don’t come out of Trump’s pocket, and he doesn’t get to take UN votes personally.

While Thursday’s resolution was in support of existing UN resolutions on Jerusalem and the peace process, the clumsy intervention by Trump and Haley also made the vote a referendum on Trump’s often unilateral and abrasive foreign policy.

You know, the foreign policy designed to insult and alienate everyone on the planet except for Netanyahu – that “foreign policy.”

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