Trump grants sanction to International Criminal Court

The ICC launched an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan by the US armed forces, the Central Intelligence Service (CIA) and the Taliban.

On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order targeting officials directly involved in the investigation.

“As part of President Donald J. Trump’s committed commitment to protecting American service members and protecting our national sovereignty, the President has allowed economic sanctions against the International Criminal Court officials who work directly with no effort from the US staff. US,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “The president also allowed the expansion of visa restrictions for International Criminal Court officials and family members.”

Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said economic sanctions will be determined according to the situation. He said visa restrictions would include family members of the targeted officials.

“It doesn’t give us any joy to punish them, but we cannot allow ICC officials and their families to come to America and shop for US liberties, travel and otherwise try to prosecute their defenders.” Pompeo said at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

The U.S. is not a party to the criminal court, and the Trump administration has repeatedly warned the Hague-based institution. It took action last April to deter Afghanistan’s investigation, including revocating the chief prosecutor’s entry visa.

CNN reached ICC for comment.

This is a story and will be updated.

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