WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-Chair of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following response to a report that the Trump administration plans to announce its withdrawal from the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.

“I strongly disagree with the Trump administration’s decision to leave the UN’s Human Rights Council,” said Senator Coons. “The UN Human Rights Council isn’t perfect, but withdrawing the United States from this important body sends a clear message that the Trump Administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights. It also makes it harder for the United States to prevent the Human Rights Council from taking positions we oppose.  If the United States wants to continue to lead at the UN, the G7, and other important international bodies we created, we need to show up, be constructive, and work with our allies to isolate bad actors.  This decision weakens the United States’ influence on the Council and makes it harder for us to advance our other foreign policy and national security goals.  This is a serious mistake by President Trump, and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to demonstrate the United States’ continued commitment to human rights.”