Trump on UN vote: Things will be different when I'm in charge

President-elect Donald Trump reacted on Friday to news that the US had allowed the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements by foreshadowing a change in direction when he takes office.

"As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th," Trump tweeted, referring to the date he is set to be inaugurated as the 45th president.

The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory as having "no legal validity." Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had both called on the US to veto it, but the US abstained, allowing the resolution to pass.

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A Palestinian demonstrator reacts during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
Palestinian demonstrators take cover during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, in the occupied West Bank February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
Yael Shevach, wife of Israeli Rabbi Raziel Shevach, mourns during his funeral in the Havat Gilad settlement outpost, West Bank January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Female protesters hurl stones towards Israeli troops during clashes at a protest marking the 69th anniversary of Nakba, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Palestinian protesters swing as they rest at a park during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Demonstrators hang a Palestinian flag during a protest against Jewish settlements in Jordan Valley near the West Bank city of Jericho November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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A Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops during clashes as Palestinians call for a "day of rage" in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Top Republicans quickly condemned the Obama administration for the move.

"This is absolutely shameful," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. "Today's vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel."

Ryan promised that the incoming "unified Republican government" will work to "reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel."

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican Party presidential nominee, also characterized the move as "shameful."

"The abstention of the United States has made us complicit in this outrageous attack, and marks a troubling departure from our nation's long, bipartisan history of defending our ally Israel in the United Nations," he said.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham went even further, contending the Obama administration had "empowered evil" and acted as a "very poor friend to democracy."

Before the vote passed, Graham warned that if the UN moved forward with the resolution, he would work to form a coalition to "suspend or significantly reduce" US assistance to the organization.

The Friday vote marked the first time in 36 years the UN adopted a resolution on Israeli settlements.

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