Thorbjorn Jagland, a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and the secretary general of Council of Europe, condemned President Trump for his administration’s policy of separating children from their families at the border, saying that Trump is “no longer the moral leader of his country or the world.”
“What is happening at the border where he is separating children from their parents is a sign that he is no longer the moral leader of his country or the world,” Jagland said, according to Agence-France Press.
“He cannot speak on behalf of the so-called free world,” he added.
Many lawmakers previously supported the idea of Trump being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in convening a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month. But Jagland and many other heads of human rights groups have spoken out against Trump this week for his immigration policy.
Trump is facing outrage from Democratic and Republican lawmakers over the policy, which led to the separation of approximately 2,000 children from mid-April to the end of May, according to The Associated Press.
Jagland also said that Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday shows that he “does not want to be part of international treaties or international cooperation-based organizations.”