Erdoğan ahead of UN vote: 'The world will teach the US a lesson'

The Turkish president criticized his US counterpart's threats to cut funds from countries ahead of the UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem and voiced hope that the US is taught 'a lesson.'
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Just hours ahead of a UN General Assembly vote on the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday he hopes the US "learns a lesson" from the upcoming vote.

"I hope the US does not get the result it is hoping for," Erdoğan said in a speech in Turkey's capital of Ankara. Addressing US President Donald Trump's recent threats to cut funds from states that vote against the recognition of Jerusalem, Erdoğan said, "Mr. President, you cannot buy our votes."

On Wednesday, Trump said the US "will be watching" the countries that vote to reject the US move. "They take hundreds of millions of dollars, or even billions of dollars (from the US) and then they vote against us. Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot," he said.

Senior Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) member Hanan Ashrawi has called Trump's conduct "blackmail."

"The president should know that some things are not for sale, especially issues that have to do with morals and principles," Ashrawi said. "Blackmail is the most efficient way for the US to further isolate itself and weaken its influence."



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