Scarborough on Jerusalem Vote: I Saw Nikki Haley Threatening U.N. Member States ‘Like a Mob Boss’


It was an offer the U.N. apparently could refuse.

By a vote of 128-9, the General Assembly voted, on Thursday, in favor of a non-binding resolution condemning the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Before the vote came down, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley issued a stern warning to those in favor of the resolution.

“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.”

Friday on Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough absolutely blasted Haley’s tactics.

“I saw Nikki Haley yesterday actually threatening like a mob boss,” Scarborough said. “Threatening member states of the United Nations. ‘You either be with us on this non-binding resolution, or else we will always remember. And we may yank humanitarian aid out of the mouths of the most truly disadvantaged on the planet.'”

Calling her comments “petulant,” Scarborough threw to the clip of Haley making her pointed statement to the General Assembly. He reacted with disgust.

“This vote will be remembered,” Scarborough said, scoffing. “This non-binding vote that means absolutely nothing will be remembered. And we may take food out of the mouths of starving babes across the planet and not provide humanitarian aid because of this non-binding resolution.”

Worse than Haley’s threats, though, according to Scarborough, were the private whispers from the White House that those threats were empty.

“They’re day traders,” Scarborough said of the White House. “In this case, Nikki Haley wasn’t even an even a day trader. She was trading by the minute. Later in the afternoon, the White House privately admitted they weren’t going to yank aid and they weren’t going to punish people. And so there was a softening of it which, of course, you know what that does. That just makes us look even weaker by nightfall.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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