(ReliableNews.org) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague, Netherlands seems to have it in for US President Donald Trump, who has never thought the court was important and doesn’t cooperate with them. The feud between the ICC and the president of the US came to a head this week.
ICC Targets US Troops
On March 5, 2020, the ICC authorized an investigation into the war in Afghanistan and whether or not crimes against humanity were committed by US troops. Specifically, the court is looking into whether or not military members assaulted and killed civilians in the middle eastern country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed the move in March and he’s held firm since then. On June 11, President Donald Trump announced he’d finally had enough with the ICC.
Trump Executive Order
On June 11, President Trump issued an executive order targeting ICC personnel.
According to the president’s order, anyone who has aided the ICC in its effort “…to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute” any US personnel without the Trump administration’s consent will be subject to sanctions. The same goes for investigations into US allies, like their attacks on Israel.
Happening today: President @realDonaldTrump is signing an executive order to "authorize economic sanctions on employees of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for pursuing investigations into U.S. military and intelligence personnel at Russia’s behest." https://t.co/qTKEBMjMll
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 11, 2020
Secretary Pompeo said the US will not allow its citizens to be “…threatened by a kangaroo court.” He went on to explain the ICC officials and their families will no longer be welcome in the US to play when they’re seeking to “…prosecute the defender…” of our freedoms.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained the president took these steps after the court tried to “…infringe upon our national sovereignty.”
The ICC, of course, disagrees with the US decision and claimed the president is trying to interfere in their probe. That’s true because he doesn’t believe the court has any right to investigate American military members. And President Trump will do whatever he needs to do to make sure the brave men and women who protect our country aren’t being targeted.
Maybe the criminal court should focus some of its attention on China and the role they played in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from COVID-19. That seems like a more pressing problem.
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