United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday the United States would not back down on its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite international backlash and a U.N. resolution to make such a recognition "null and void."
The former South Carolina governor threatened the U.N.'s 193 member countries with funding cuts if they approved the resolution — an act her boss, President Donald Trump, made earlier in the week.
Despite the threat, 128 member countries voted for the resolution. Nine voted against it, including the United States and Israel. A remaining 35 countries abstained from voting on the matter altogether.
"The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation," Haley said ahead of the vote.
"We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world's largest contribution to the United Nations," Haley said. "And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit."
Tensions for the emergency meeting were already running high before it even began.
On Tuesday, Haley tweeted of the vote that "the U.S. will be taking names."
At the UN we're always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
On Thursday, she said the resolution showed that America was the ones being bullied by the General Assembly, not the other way around as other members have claimed.
"We are asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected," she said.
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been a vocal critic of Trump on this decision. At a cultural awards ceremony Thursday in Ankara, Erdogran said, "Mr. Trump, you cannot buy Turkey's democratic will with your dollars. Our decision is clear."
Trump's declaration on Dec. 6 departed from decades of U.S. policy and international consensus that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations.
Ahead of the vote, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel rejected the vote, calling the U.N. a "house of lies."
.@USUN Ambassador Nikki Haley: The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the @UN General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation...America will put our embassy in Jerusalem…This vote will be remembered. pic.twitter.com/pShm51nzFJ— Department of State (@StateDept) December 21, 2017
The Associated Press contributed to this report.