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Friday, 22 June 2018

Ignoring Data, Facts Haley Blasts UN Report on Extreme Poverty, Inequality in US


The report revealed U.S. "citizens live shorter and sicker lives compared to those living in all other rich democracies."

Days after the United States abandoned the United Nations Human Rights Council, its ambassador Nikki Haley criticized a report condemning entrenched poverty in the country and criticizing president Donald Trump’s economic policies.

In May, the United Nations' special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston released a report showing the U.S. has the highest rates of infant mortality and income inequality among developed countries, as well as 40 million people living in poverty.

"The United States, one of the world's richest nations and the ‘land of opportunity,’ is fast becoming a champion of inequality," the report concluded.

Alston also accused President Trump of deepening poverty and inequality.

"The policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and to turn even basic healthcare into a privilege,” he wrote.

The report also blasted the administration’s US$1.5 trillion tax cuts.

On Thursday, shortly after the report was published, Senator Bernie Sanders asked Haley to respond to statistics showing more than 30 million Americans lack health insurance and 40 million are living in poverty.

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