Haley at the UN — smug, arrogant, defiant pose just like her boss
(Guess who her boss is)
UN Human Rights Council Chamber in Geneva
(View of the room that Trump wants)
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg and The AP) — The U.S. withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council.
(I note: This marks a dark bleak day for world unity and solidarity among nations).
5:11 pm (June 19, 2018):
Ambassador Nimrata “Nikki” Haley (R-SC) says the U.S. is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”
A year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if “essential reforms were achieved,” now she says it's clear those calls for change were not heeded. Haley is decrying the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela that are themselves accused of rights violations. She says the council also has a “chronic bias against Israel.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) condemning the withdrawal, is a Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the decision “sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights.”
Noteworthy: The HR Council also has been a forum for criticism of Trump’s economic policies. In a report on the U.S. due to be submitted to the Human Rights Council, Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on poverty, said: “Trump’s tax overhaul policy overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and worsened inequality.”
That report also says that while the U.S. has long been the most unequal among developed nations, it’s getting worse under Trump, adding: “The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest.”
Haley says that if the council is reformed, then the U.S. “would be happy to rejoin.”