The hypocrisy of the regimes like Yemen, which has 7 million citizens on the brink of starvation, North Korea, Myanmar, Turkey, Venezuela and China, that voted against Israel at the UN and condemned Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is so blatant that even CNN noticed.CNN’s Jake Tapper has not hidden his disdain for the embassy move in Israel and has said that it would encourage instability in the region, yet, he did not let that stop him from making some important observations about the UN vote and what he called “its sheer hypocrisy.”
Jake Tapper is calling out many of the countries who rebuked President Trump and Israel at the United Nations on Thursday.
After 128 countries voted to condemn Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually move the U.S. embassy there, the CNN anchor let loose on “The Lead.” He sharply criticized Venezuela, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Myanmar and other countries he said have “rather questionable records of their own.”
After showing footage of Venezuela’s U.N. representative saying that Trump’s move “imperils global peace,” Tapper excoriated the Latin American country, noting that it is experiencing a severe humanitarian and economic crisis.
“[There’s] violence in the streets, an economy in complete collapse, citizens malnourished, dying children being turned away from hospitals, starving families joining street gangs to scrounge for food,” he said. “On what moral platform does the government of Venezuela stand today?”
Tapper went on to criticize Syria and Yemen, countries that he noted were embroiled in brutal civil wars.
“There are plenty of policies and actions that are perfectly valid to criticize about the United States and about Israel, and certainly whether this [Jerusalem] move will help the peace process in any way seems one of them,” Tapper said. “But listening to these countries, including North Korea and Myanmar and Turkey and China lecturing the United States in any way about human rights and peace might seem a bit much.”
Tapper, who is Jewish, also showed a graphic that explained how between 2012 and 2015, the U.N. adopted 97 resolutions criticizing one specific country — and Israel was the target of 83 of them.
“You have to ask, is Israel truly deserving of 86 percent of the world’s condemnation, or possibly is something else afoot at the United Nations, something that allows the representative of the Assad government to lecture the U.S. for moving its embassy?” he said.
Haley said the U.S. won’t forget who voted against them. We will be “taking names.”
At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names. pic.twitter.com/ZsusB8Hqt4
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 19, 2017
Tapper was educated at Akiba Hebrew Academy, an independent Jewish day school formerly located in Merion, Pennsylvania, and attended Dartmouth College.
Tapper is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, anchor of the CNN weekday television news show The Lead with Jake Tapper, and anchor of the CNN and CNN International Sunday morning affairs program State of the Union.
Prior to joining CNN, Tapper worked for ABC News. The White House Correspondents’ Association honored his work as Senior White House Correspondent with ABC News with three Merriman Smith Memorial Awards for broadcast journalism, an unprecedented three times in a row.