White House defended its decision to abstain from U.N. vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday defended its decision to abstain from a U.N. Security Council vote on Israeli settlements, allowing the resolution to pass, saying the rapid expansion of settlement activity put a two-state solution at risk.

Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, also dismissed criticism by President-elect Donald Trump of the U.S. decision saying President Barack Obama was president of the United States until Jan. 20.

“We could not in good conscience veto a resolution that expressed concerns about the very trends that are eroding the foundation for a two-state solution,” Rhodes told a conference call.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chris Reese)

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