When it comes to Jerusalem, Nikki Haley is digging in her heels.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations acted swiftly Monday and spoke tersely about a move to prevent America from placing its embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.
“The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” Haley wrote in a Twitter post.
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The U.S. blocked a U.N. Security Council vote Monday on a resolution that called on all states to refrain from building diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
Haley, the former South Carolina governor, voted against the resolution, using its veto power as a permanent member. The Council’s other 14 members, including close allies France and Britain, all voted in favor of the resolution.
Haley was forced to use the United States’ veto power to support a move made by Donald Trump last week, when the president broke with decades of diplomatic precedent and formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
At that point, Trump said he would begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Haley said Trump “took great care not to prejudge final status negotiations in any way, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem,” which must be decided by the Israelis and Palestinians. And she insisted that this position “is fully in line with the previous Security Council resolutions.”
On Monday, Haley shifted any discussion away from Trump and put the attention on other members of the Security Council in a speech to the U.N.
“Today, buried in diplomatic jargon, some presume to tell America where to put our embassy,” Haley said. “The United States has a sovereigned right to determine where and whether we establish an embassy.
“I suspect very few member states would welcome security council pronouncements about their sovereign decisions. And I think of some who should fear it.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said the U.S. should no longer be involved in brokering a Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
After the vote, Haley lashed out at the other members of the Council, calling the proceedings “an insult” that “won’t be forgotten.”
“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us,” Haley said according to npr.org. “It should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”
Haley, a Republican from Lexington, served as South Carolina’s governor for six years before resigning to join the Trump Administration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.