The president has said for quite a while now that we support European diplomacy, and we've been giving full backing to that effort. In the interview with Israeli radio, he was merely reiterating the government's position. Our policy hasn't changed.
Today's announcement projects a picture of profound weakness in U.S. diplomacy. It should not have been a heavy lift for our diplomats in New York and in foreign capitals to recruit the necessary 96 affirmative votes to seat the United States in the new council.