State Department: No decisions about cutting off foreign aid

State Department spokeswoman says no decisions have been made about cutting off foreign aid to countries that voted against U.S. at the UN.

Elad Benari ,

State Department building
State Department building

The Trump administration said on Thursday that "no decisions have been made" about cutting off foreign aid to countries that voted against the United States on a resolution about Jerusalem at the UN General Assembly, The Associated Press reported.

128 countries voted against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital earlier on Thursday, with 35 abstaining and nine voting against.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would withhold money to countries that voted to denounce his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

A day earlier, Nikki Haley, Washington's UN envoy, warned countries that she would be "taking names" on the countries which voted to condemn the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem.

“At the UN we're always asked to do more and give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American people, about where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thursday there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The U.S. will be taking names,” Ambassador Haley tweeted.

After the vote, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that Trump's foreign policy team "has been empowered to explore various options" in the future about relations with those countries, but added there's no decision yet.

She further stressed the UN vote "is not the only factor" the U.S. will consider when it comes to determining its relationship with foreign countries.