U.S. Role In The World

Trump, Conservatives, and Human Rights

By Seth A. Kaplan ● American Affairs Journal ● 05/20/2018


During his short presidency, President Trump has downplayed human rights, preferring to emphasize American economic and military interests abroad. He has sought to develop close ties with autocratic Arab rulers and invited human rights abusers such as Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Yet the administration has not totally sidelined human rights concerns, either, as seen in the responses to Syrian chemical weapons attacks.

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