After announcing his controversial decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to that city from Tel Aviv, President Donald Trump sparked international backlash, including from the United Nations Security Council.
As Reuters reported, the council presented a resolution this week that would have nullified Trump’s decision. Though the measure was backed by 14 of the 15 member nations, the U.S. vote is one of five needed to enforce such a resolution.
“The United States has a sovereign right to determine where and whether we establish an embassy,” argued U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in defense of the veto. “I suspect very few member states would welcome Security Council pronouncements about their sovereign decisions.”