Democratic And Republican Agree On Trumps ICC Win
The surprise ICC decision by a three-judge panel in the U.S.'s favor came on a Friday before Congress two-week spring recess. There were few official statements or responses from Capitol Hill heralding the move or giving Trump credit for the turn of events, in which the court rejected a request from its chief prosecutor to launch a probe into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by the United States and its allies in the early days after the 9/11 attacks.
But this was one of those rare occasions in Washington when the complete dearth of responses taking sides on the issue spoke volumes, signaling tacit support from both sides of the aisle for Trump's combative approach.
The ICC’s announcement Friday was widely considered across Washington as a victory for his approach – even by those who slammed the decision as a weak capitulation to Trump’s so-called bullying.
There's no definitive proof that the ICC's decision not to pursue the investigation was linked to the sanctions, but in a statement, Friday Trump called the panel's ruling a “major international victory” for the U.S. military and targeted intelligence officers as well as for the rule of law.