The Trump administration pulled out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on Tuesday, June 20, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it ‘an organization that is not worthy of its name.’ Haley, Trump envoy to the UN, criticised the council for ‘its chronic bias against Israel’ and accused other members of human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Along with Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no doubt that the council once had a ‘notable vision’.
The announcement of the withdrawal from the council comes just a day after the UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein lambasted Trump’s controversial immigration policy, which has separated immigrant children from their parents. Meanwhile, a day earlier, a heartbreaking audio recording surfaced in White House’s news briefing room by one of the reporters of immigrant children crying for their parents at a detention centre. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families during a 6-week period in April and May, reported Time magazine.
After the announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office called the US decision valorous, calling it ‘an unequivocal statement that enough is enough.’
The bonhomie between the 2 countries was visible after Netanyahu’ appreciated the US for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv, which enraged Palestinians, resulting in monolithic protests.
Since January 2017, US has chucked out of many crucial agreements, including the Paris climate accord, Iran nuclear deal, UN educational and cultural organization among others.
Trump’s protectionist attitude was also visible in the latest Group of Seven (G 7) summit in Quebec, Canada, where he abruptly withdrew US support for a joint statement signed by every nation in the group, where he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as ‘meek and mild.’