President Donald Trump’s administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, listing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders.
The State Department downgraded China in its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report,” saying Beijing is doing little to combat trafficking or protect victims.
It pointed to ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim minority in China’s west, being coerced into forced labor, and to Beijing’s wholesale repatriation of North Koreans without checking to see if they were trafficking victims.
Beijing “does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so,” the report said.
It marked the first significant rebuke of China’s rights record by the Trump administration, which has avoided harsh criticism of Beijing as the president seeks to establish a working relationship over deep trade differences and North Korea’s nuclear program.
The report also placed Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Mali among the 23 countries with the worst human trafficking records, which also includes Russia, Iran, Syria and Venezuela.
“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity,” said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a statement.
“It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow shows what Trump was trying to distract from with his latest racist attacks
On Monday night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow unpacked a number of critically important news stories that have been largely lost in the shuffle amid outrage over President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen — stories that could be critically important in coming weeks, and problematic for the president, but that he doubtless was grateful didn't dominate the cycle.
First, Maddow noted, there was "what they announced in terms of changes to asylum law ... maybe this president's most radical effort to change laws along racial lines since the Muslim ban that he tried to implement as soon as he got into office. It's part of a larger mosaic in terms of how the president is running and using race to get himself reelected." The law would ban any migrants from receiving asylum if they failed to apply for asylum in any country they passed through, which would be impractical or ineffective for many of them.
‘White nationalists with never love you’: Hispanic Trump supporter goes down in flames during CNN debate
CNN's Anderson Cooper struggled to control a segment about President Donald Trump's racism while interviewing a former member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council.
Cooper interviewed Steve Cortes about the president's racists outburts at the four young women of color in Congress that are known collectively as "The Squad."
The host read the dictionary definition of a demagogue.
"A leader that makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power," Merrian-Webster published.
"Is Donald Trump a demagogue? Isn’t this exactly what he is doing here?" Cooper asked.
Gold Star father blasts Trump for failure to govern while refusing to ‘defend and protect’ America
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Gold Star father Khizr Khan eviscerated President Donald Trump for his latest racist attack on congresswomen of color.
"To Donald Trump I say, sir, have you no sense of decency with this racism and division for political purposes?" Khan told anchor Anderson Cooper. "Donald Trump has nothing to offer. Therefore, he is going to create division and hate for political expedience. I am saddened but not surprised because, as you explained, he is a demagogue and will continue to use hate and division for his political expediency purpose."
"This is a man without any shame," agreed Cooper. "He doesn't have a health care policy. He doesn't have — he's not able to make progress on immigration in any sort of policy that actually solves the problem long term. And so he does these things and it is largely in times to distract, but it's not just distracting people, it's distracting people in the worst possible, bigoted, divisive way. It's distracting us by turning us against each other and viewing each other as other."