BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - In a State of the Union speech that lasted 80 minutes with about 5100 words, President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump has considered Barbados, and others, enemies of those 52 states.
Last December Barbados and other like minded sovereign states as part of The UN General Assembly, voted 128 to 9 to adopt a motion rejecting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
During the State of the Union address Mr. Trump took the opportunity to lambaste those opposing countries who diverted from his agenda, during the UN General Assembly vote.
Trump's settling of Nikki Haley's threat
"Last month, I also took an action endorsed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, just months before. I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America's sovereign right to make this decision.
In 2016, American taxpayers generously sent those same countries more than $20 billion in aid. That is why, tonight, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign assistance dollars always serve American interests and only go to friends of America, not enemies of America."
Those from the Caribbean abstaining from the vote included, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Nikki Haley's threat before the vote
"As you consider your vote, I want you to know that the President and US take this vote personally," Nikki Haley said. "The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue."