The efforts come amid Trump administration anger over the ICC’s efforts to look into alleged war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday moved to further punish officials of the International Criminal Court, authorizing economic sanctions against them as well as the expansion of visa restrictions on the officials and their families.
The efforts come amid Trump administration anger over the ICC’s efforts to look into alleged war crimes by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The United States is not a party to the international court and does not recognize its authority.
In a statement, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany alleged that the court is corrupt and said the U.S. suspects the international body is being manipulated by U.S. adversaries.
“The International Criminal Court’s actions are an attack on the rights of the American people and threaten to infringe upon our national sovereignty,” the statement said.
ICC judges in March authorized a probe into a range of alleged misdeeds in Afghanistan, including actions by Afghan government forces, U.S. troops and the Taliban. It is believed to be the first time the court’s prosecutor has been permitted to review actions by American forces.
ICC officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
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