BIDEN THUMPS TRUMP, REENGAGES WITH UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
The United States announced plans to reengage with the much-maligned UN Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago, as the Biden administration reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements.
Announcing the new approach from Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the pullout in June 2018 “did nothing to encourage meaningful change, but instead created a vacuum of US leadership, which countries with authoritarian agendas have used to their advantage,” Matthew Lee and James Keaten reported for Reuters.
“The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality,” he said in a statement.
“Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision.”
The decision is likely to draw criticism from conservative lawmakers and many in the pro-Israel community, who have derided the council and echoed Trump administration complaints that it was too quick to overlook abuses by autocratic regimes and governments — and even accept them as members.