Bolivian president tears into Trump at UN Security Council meeting

Bolivian president Evo Morales took aim at President Trump during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, saying that the U.S. is uninterested in democracy and that it doesn’t care about human rights.

“I would like to say to you, frankly and openly here, that in no way is the United States interested in upholding democracy ’’ Morales said through a translator during a meeting hosted by Trump, Bloomberg News reported.

{mosads}Morales, who has been a noted critic of the U.S. since becoming president in 2006, also railed against Trump’s foreign and domestic policies, adding that the U.S. under his administration “could not care less about human rights or justice.”

“If this were the case, it would have signed the international conventions and treaties that have protected human rights,” he said. “It would not have threatened the investigation mechanism of the International Criminal Court, nor would it promote the use of torture, nor would it have walked away from the Human Rights Council. And nor would it have separated migrant children from their families, nor put them in cages.’’

Morales was in a position to make the statements because Bolivia is one of the nonpermanent slots on the council. 

Trump chaired the meeting in an effort to draw more support for his campaign to isolate and target Iran, Bloomberg reported. But Morales, as well as other nations, denounced Trump’s actions in regards to Iran. 

“Bolivia categorically condemns the unilateral actions imposed by the government of the United States of America against Iran,’’ Morales said.

Trump on Tuesday blasted Iran while speaking at the U.N. General Assembly. Among other things, he said his administration plans to upstart a “campaign of economic pressure” to stop it from advancing its “bloody agenda.” 

The remarks came after Trump reestablished sanctions on the nation after he pulled the U.S. out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and five other countries.

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