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From the June 20 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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JOHN BOLTON (NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR): This decision, in many respects, has been decades in the making. The Human Rights Council, its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, were really not places where human rights was a priority, strange as that may seem. So, it's clearly the right decision to get off, it's the right decision to defund the Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and it's something I think that goes to the broader question of American sovereignty. We're actually self-governing in this country. We have a constitution, we make our share of mistakes, and we correct them. We don't need advice by the UN or other international bodies on how to govern ourselves. 


STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): It is raising some eyebrows, us pulling out of this council, because it follows one day after their high commissioner criticized the United States over President Trump's immigration policy, separating families.

BOLTON: Well, it had nothing to do with that. This decision was made by President Trump weeks ago, it followed long decision-making and review of the Human Rights Council's performance, and, as I say, it's something that reflects a widely-held view in the United States.


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