Trump’s war on the rule of law continues at the United Nations
The United States could block ICC judges and prosecutors from traveling to the United States, Bolton suggested, as well as freezing funds within the U.S. and even prosecuting ICC officials in domestic courts.
Trump’s anti-ICC stance mirrors that of the despots and dictators he praises. As a New York Times piece pointed out in mid-September, until Trump took the ICC on, the only voices criticizing the body were those of, say, Burundi. Days later, Human Rights Watch renewed calls for a UN inquiry into allegations of endemic human rights violations by Burundi’s government.
The ICC, founded just 16 years ago, is vulnerable. Trump’s antipathy could have serious repercussions for the already embattled institution. Bolton’s been working toward that end since George W. Bush’s first term. He wanted to “strangle the ICC in its cradle.”
In his renewed assault on the ICC, Bolton paired threats against the court with an announcement that the administration ordered the Palestine Liberation Organization to close its D.C. office as punishment for requesting the ICC investigate Israel