Trump attack on ICC is the unacceptable face of US exceptionalism


Under the guise of a battle for sovereignty, America aims to end international justice

The title of John Bolton’s speech in Washington – “Protecting American constitutionalism and sovereignty from international threats” – sounded innocuous enough, if a little pompous.

But its text represents the Trump administration’s most devastating and unrestrained attack to date on the global rules-based order and its legal flagship, the international criminal court.

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