The United States should use its financial clout against the United Nations and member countries that supported the "vindictive" resolution condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, former UN ambassador John Bolton argues.
In an interview aired Sunday with radio host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable," Bolton said he hoped the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump will encourage a repeal of the resolution.
"I think what Israel together with the incoming Trump administration should do is say, ‘Look, we’re going to give everybody a chance to do this over again, repeal this resolution and pass something that’s acceptable," he said in remarks posted ahead of the interview on The Hill.
"And if not, we’re going to take steps to show our unhappiness."
In particular, Bolton called out Malaysia and Venezuela, saying the United States should cut off foreign aid to those nations for their vote in supporting the resolution.
"I just think it was a very bad idea," he added. "It was vindictive, because everybody knows that Donald Trump has a different policy view and this is intended to try to box him in."
Bolton also said he favored the suggestion of some GOP lawmakers who want to cut slash U.S. payments to the United Nations – and argued payments should also be voluntary.
"It’s the political bodies in the U.N. — the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly — that are fundamentally broken," Bolton said.
"In my experience over a long period of time of dealing with the U.N. is that what they really listen to when it concerns the United States is our money."
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