Trump Expected To Sign New Tax Reform Bill; UN General Assembly Condemns U.S. Over Recent Jerusalem Decision

UN General Assembly

Yesterday during a White House press briefing a senior administration official told reporters there’s a very good chance President Trump will sign on Friday the newly approved tax bill call Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will impact American taxpayers and businesses beginning in 2018 and then take up the budget, infrastructure, and welfare reform in 2018.

United Nations General Assembly Condemns U.S. Over Recent Jerusalem Decision And Demands Compliance With Security Council Resolutions 

Yesterday member states in the United Nations General Assembly demanded by an overwhelming majority that all countries comply with Security Council resolutions dealing with the status of Jerusalem which follows a decision by President Donald Trump on December 6th to officially declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and announce that the U.S. embassy will be built in the ancient city which is sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported the decision by the United States; however, Great Britain, France, and the EU foreign policy chief  were critical.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution yesterday condemning President Trump’s December 6th decision which was approved in a 128-9 vote with 35 abstentions from countries such as Canada.

The nine countries voting against the resolution includes Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo, and the U.S.

The 193 member Assembly expressed “deep regret” over the recent decision over the status of Jerusalem and emphasized that the Holy City is a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations “in line with relevant UN resolutions.”

Resolutions in the General Assembly are “non-binding” and don’t fall under the weight of international law, unlike measures approved in the UN Security Council.

The new resolution yesterday demands that “all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.”

The resolution further adds that “any decision and actions which purport to have altered the character, status, or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

The General Assembly called upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to Security Council resolution 478 adopted in 1980 and also urged international and regional efforts to work towards achieving last peace while reversing the negative trends that endanger the two State solution.

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