Trump approves sanctions against the International Criminal Court

Trump approves sanctions against the International Criminal Court

The ICC has approved an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan by the US military, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Taliban.

On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at targeting officials directly involved in the investigation.

“As part of President Donald J. Trump’s steadfast commitment to protecting members of the United States Service and defending our national sovereignty, the President has ratified economic sanctions against officials of the International Criminal Court who are directly involved in any investigation or prosecution. without the consent of the United States, “White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “The president has also allowed the extension of visa restrictions on officials of the International Criminal Court and their family members.”

Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said economic sanctions would be imposed on a case-by-case basis. He also said the visa restrictions would include family members of targeted officials.

“We are not happy to punish them, but we cannot allow ICC officials and their families to come to the United States to shop, travel and otherwise enjoy American freedoms, as these same officials are seeking to be persecuted. the defender of these many freedoms, “Pompeo told the State Department on Thursday.

The United States is not a party to the criminal tribunal, and the Trump administration has repeatedly warned the Hague. It has already taken action to prevent an investigation into Afghanistan, including the revocation of the attorney general’s entry visa last April.

CNN addressed the ICC for comments.

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