Israel’s transportation minister is planning to name a train station in Jerusalem after President Donald Trump as a gesture for recognizing the holy city as the capital of Israel.
The nation’s transportation minister Israel Katz said Wednesday that the station, if approved and built, will be a thank you to Trump for his “courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”
The train station would sit in close proximity to the Western Wall, a holy site for worshipers of Judaism and a tourist attraction that brings in roughly 11 million visitors a year.
The announcement comes after the United Nations defied President Trump, voting 128 to 9 against his decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the Holy City.
President Trump warned countries that voted against the United States at the UN that he may cut off their foreign aid.
Trump told reporters, “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot.”
The Trump administration issued a statement Sunday evening announcing the United States has made a ‘significant reduction,’ in its United Nations budget.
“Ambassador Haley on the United States Negotiating a Significant Reduction in the UN Budget”
Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.
“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known. We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked. This historic reduction in spending – in addition to many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN – is a big step in the right direction. While we are pleased with the results of this year’s budget negotiations, you can be sure we’ll continue to look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests,” wrote Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Meanwhile, “God Bless Trump” signs are posted on street corners and billboards in Israel.