President Donald Trump has long had a dim view of globalist organizations that don’t respect American interests — and that includes the International Criminal Court (ICC), an institution that the United States isn’t even formally a part of.
Now, in light of threatening actions by the ICC against the U.S., President Trump has issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against ICC officials and affiliates engaged in investigations against the U.S. or its allies, such as Israel, The Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday.
The ICC investigations under threat include one into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan, as well as one into military actions taken by Israel in the Palestinian-controlled territories of Gaza and the West Bank.
“Unaccountable and ineffective”
As the Free Beacon reported, a statement released on Thursday by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that the president’s executive order authorized the State and Treasury Departments to impose both economic sanctions and travel visa restrictions against ICC officials — and their families — if those officials have participated in any sort of prosecution against America or its allies without that country’s express authorization.
The statement made clear that the U.S. is not a party to the ICC and had rejected its assertion of jurisdiction over U.S. sovereignty. McEnany also noted that while the court may have been intended to investigate and prosecute war crimes, in reality, it is “an unaccountable and ineffective international bureaucracy that targets and threatens United States personnel as well as personnel of our allies and partners.”
“Despite repeated calls by the United States and our allies to reform, the International Criminal Court has taken no action to reform itself and continues to pursue politically-motivated investigations against us and our allies, including Israel,” McEnany said.
She went on:
We are concerned that adversary nations are manipulating the International Criminal Court by encouraging these allegations against United States personnel. Further, we have strong reason to believe there is corruption and misconduct at the highest levels of the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor, calling into question the integrity of its investigation into American service members.
A national emergency
In the executive order, which Trump signed Thursday, the president said the ICC and its “illegitimate assertions of jurisdiction over personnel of the United States and certain of its allies…threatens to subject current and former United States Government and allied officials to harassment, abuse, and possible arrest.”
The actions by the ICC also “threaten to infringe upon the sovereignty of the United States and impede the critical national security and foreign policy work of United States Government and allied officials, and thereby threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in the order.
In response, the president said the U.S. will “impose tangible and significant consequences on those responsible for the ICC’s transgressions, which may include the suspension of entry into the United States of ICC officials, employees, and agents, as well as their immediate family members.”
“Any attempt by the ICC to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any United States personnel without the consent of the United States,” or of its allies that also aren’t a party to the ICC, will constitute an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the order added.
Trump concluded: “I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”