If President Donald Trump thought world leaders at the United Nations would bow down before him, he discovered he was totally wrong during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday as the president of Bolivia ripped him a new one.
Trump’s effort to convince the world to rally around him in support of the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year spectacularly backfired as President Evo Morales used Trump’s various actions against international cooperation, human rights and democracy against him as Trump and the American delegation sat behind him.
“I would like to say to you, frankly and openly here, that in no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy,” Morales began. “The United States could not care less about human rights or justice.
“If this were the case, it would have signed the international conventions and treaties that have protected human rights. It would not have threatened the investigation mechanism of the International Criminal Court, nor would it promote the use of torture, nor would it have walked away from the Human Rights Council. And nor would it have separated migrant children from their families, nor put them in cages.”
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Morales then slammed Trump for taking unilateral action against Iran.
“Bolivia categorically condemns the unilateral actions imposed by the government of the United States of America against Iran,” he said.
And Morales is right.
Trump has been attacking democracy since he took office, even suggesting that he be allowed to be president for life, a move that would require repealing the 22nd Amendment and forgoing presidential elections until after his death.
Furthermore, Trump recently withdrew the United States from the Human Rights Council over the body’s support for Palestinians who are the victims of a campaign of genocide perpetrated by the Israelis and threatened the International Criminal Court for considering holding Americans accountable for war crimes.
And Trump’s policy of kidnapping immigrant children from their parents and locking them up in internment camps is a crime against humanity reminiscent of Adolf Hitler’s actions against Jews in the 1930s.
Clearly, all of these actions have undermined America’s credibility and world standing as other nations begin holding Trump’s record against the United States. Bolivia is rightfully asking why other nations should help the United States when our own human rights record has become tarnished. Why should democratic nations side with us when our own president detests democracy? Why should nations cooperate with us when Trump is busy refusing to cooperate with them?
America can no longer count on being automatically supported on the international stage because Trump’s actions and words have damaged our reputation. As long as he is in office, other nations will never take us seriously and that puts our foreign policy and national security in a weaker position than it has ever been as nations like Russia and China move in to fill the power vacuum left over in Trump’s wake.
This United Nations meeting was a disaster for our country and we should all be embarrassed about it. If ever there was a time for America to apologize, it’s now.
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