-Source-The Hill- Trump administration officials on Tuesday said the U.S. has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council saying that the international body is not worthy of its name. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced the withdrawal alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following multiple news reports that the move was imminent. Haley blasted the council as a protector of human rights abusers and cesspool of political bias and accused the body of politicizing and scapegoating countries with positive human rights records. The withdrawal which comes as the 47-member body begins a three-week session in Geneva had been expected as a result of the Trump administrations frequent criticism of the groups treatment of Israel. Haley repeatedly voted against U.N. measures that were critical of Israel and she has rebuked the council for what she called a chronic anti-Israel bias." The U.S. under former President George W. Bush initially boycotted the council established in 2006 but rejoined in 2009 under former President Obama.
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