Bolton on Levin: US Withdrew from UN Human Rights Council to Protect American Sovereignty

By Emilie Cochran | June 20, 2018 | 11:19am EDT
National Security Advisor John Bolton (left) and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (right) (Screenshots)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Tuesday, host Mark Levin hosted President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton regarding Trump’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Right Council, a decision that Bolton explains was made in an effort to protect American sovereignty.  

“But the real issue here, I think, is American sovereignty,” stated National Security Advisor John Bolton about the reason the US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council. “I think it’s something you’re gonna see the administration keen to defend over the next couple of years – a lot of different institutions, a lot of different questions, a lot of different ways of looking at it.”

Levin hosted Bolton in response to Monday’s decision from the Trump administration concerning the UN Human Rights Council. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement Tuesday that “this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments. On the contrary, we take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights."

Below is a transcript of Trump national security advisor John Bolton and Mark Levin’s remarks from The Mark Levin Show Tuesday:

National Security Advisor John Bolton: “Well, the president authorized uh the United States to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, and in fact, to go beyond that, we will now no longer fund our share of the cost of the Human Rights Council or the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“And the reason for that is that the Human Right Council, the High Commissioner, we think are just fundamentally misdirected, misguided. They don’t advocate human rights. They’ve been actually used by human rights abusers against the United States, against Israel, and it’s time to get off. You know, this is very important.”

Mark Levin: “And why did Obama so desperately want us to be a member of this?”


Bolton: “Because it’s part of the theology of the left in America, that, really, all nations basically are equal. Everybody’s human rights record is fully subject to scrutiny by the international community. You know, Iran, the United States, pretty much all the same thing. Everybody gets judged performance.”

“And I really think that the rejection of that worldview is perhaps the most important aspect of the president’s decision here. Because it’s certainly true the Human Rights Council is filled with human rights abusers. They get on the council to protect themselves.

“It’s true that the council has been used in just grossly unfair ways against Israel and indeed against the United States in many respects.

“But the real issue here, I think, is American sovereignty. I think it’s something you’re gonna see the administration keen to defend over the next couple of years – a lot of different institutions, a lot of different questions, a lot of different ways of looking at it.

“But fundamentally here, this is a rejection of the notion that multilateral organizations are in a position to judge representative governments like the United States, or to try and impose their view of what an adequate human rights performance is.

Levin: “We ought to create a new organization of relatively free countries and free countries, relatively democratic countries and democratic countries, and leave all the genocidal police states to their own organization. Is that something that you could foresee one day – if not in this administration, maybe one day in the future?”

Bolton: “Well, I think, I think, that’s the sort of thing that we should aspire to when we’ve dealt with a lot of the problems we’ve got today around the world. But in the meantime, I think the most important thing is for the United States – and I know you agree with this – is to stick with its own Constitution and not fall to the blandishments of others who say, ‘Oh my goodness, this problem or that problem is so complicated.’

“We have to give up American sovereignty to international organizations. We have to succumb to international law. We have to recognize some authority greater than that conferred by the legitimacy of our own Constitution.

“You know, I don’t think for secular purposes I’m leaving religious beliefs out here, of course, but for secular purposes, for purposes of government, I think it’s very clear: There’s no higher law on earth than the U.S. Constitution. And that’s something that the left gags on when they hear it.

“But we’ve struck a small blow for that today in getting out of the Human Rights Council. As I say, there are many reasons to justify it. Ambassador Nikki Haley laid them out in her statement. Mike Pompeo concurred in that, so it’s a, it’s a noteworthy decision in and of itself. But I just wanted people to know, this is not the last we’re gonna hear about the president’s concern for our sovereignty.”

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