The Hill Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton on Sunday called for the U.S. to take action against the international body and member nations who supported a resolution censuring Israel over its settlements.
During an interview with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York, Bolton singled out Malaysia and Venezuela, saying that the U.S. should cut its foreign aid to the countries.
Still, Bolton stipulated that the Trump administration and Israel should give the countries another chance.
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. And if not, we’re going to take steps to show our unhappiness,'” Bolton said.
“I just think it was a very bad idea,” Bolton added of the resolution. “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 was rumored to be in the running for a top post in the State Department in the incoming administration, but has lately taken a harsh stance against Russia that runs counter to Trump’s position.
On Sunday he also applauded the GOP lawmakers who have called for cutting U.S. payments to the U.N. but argued that the country should go further by making the payments voluntary.
The former ambassador maintained that there were positive aspects of the U.N that are unappreciated.
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.”