National Security Adviser John Bolton firmly agreed with the Trump administration's decision to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The move was announced on Tuesday as U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the council “a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.”

"This decision, in many respects, has been decades in the making," Bolton said. "It's something that I think goes to the broader question of American sovereignty." 

Bolton, a former ambassador to the U.N. during President George W. Bush's administration, said that the United States is self-governing, and that it does not need the advice of the United Nations or other international bodies on how to do so.


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The president has, in the past, been critical of the council, and has accused it of showing a bias against Israel, an ally of the U.S.

The council's goal is to globally protect human rights.

Bolton said the decision to withdraw was made by Trump "weeks ago" and followed a long review of the Human Rights Council's performance.

"It's something that reflects a widely held view in the United States," he said.

Steve Doocy pointed out that the council condemned Israel 68 times from 2006 to 2016, while only condemning Syria's actions 20 times and Iran's actions six times.

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