Sen. Chris Coons released a statement June 19 in response to a report that the Donald Trump administration plans to announce its withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council.
“I strongly disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to leave the U.N.’s Human Rights Council,” said Coons. “The U.N. Human Rights Council isn’t perfect, but withdrawing the U.S. from this important body sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights. It also makes it harder for the U.S. to prevent the Human Rights Council from taking positions we oppose. If the U.S. wants to continue to lead at the U.N., the G-7, and other important international bodies we created, we need to show up, be constructive, and work with our allies to isolate bad actors. This decision weakens the U.S.’ influence on the council and makes it harder us to advance our other foreign policy and national security goals. This is a serious mistake by President Trump, and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to demonstrate the U.S.’ continued commitment to human rights.”