The White House rebuffed President-elect Trump's criticism of the administration's decision to not veto a U.N. resolution critical of Israel's settlements.

In a briefing on the move Friday, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, said, "On the president-elect, the first thing I'd just say is that there's one president at a time. President Obama is the president of the United States until Jan. 20, and we are taking this action, of course, as U.S. policy."

Trump had tweeted his concern about the move at the United Nations that the U.S. did not disavow.

"As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th," Trump tweeted.

Rhodes also said of Israel, "I believe that despite what has at times been very strident Israeli government criticism of U.S. policies that President Obama has always made Israel and its security sacrosanct in his approach to these issues."

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