On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at targeting officials directly involved in the investigation.
“As part of President Donald J. Trump’s unwavering commitment to protect U.S. service personnel and defend our national sovereignty, the President authorized economic sanctions against ICC officials directly involved in any effort to investigate or prosecute US personnel without US approval,” said the press secretary. White House Kylie McNanny in a statement. “The President also authorized the expansion of visa restrictions against ICC officials and their family members.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that economic sanctions would be determined on a case-by-case basis. He also said that visa restrictions would include family members of the targeted officials.
“It does not give us the joy to punish them, but we cannot allow the ICC officials and their families to come to the United States to shop for freedom and to enjoy American freedoms because these same officials seek to prosecute the defender of those same freedoms.” Pompeo said at the State Department Thursday.
CNN contacted the International Criminal Court for comment.
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