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Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is seen during his speech at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in September 2017. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. Photo by Denis Balibouse/Reuters

UN human rights expert slams U.S. over income inequality

BERLIN — A human rights expert is criticizing the U.S. for failing to tackle poverty, days after Washington quit the United Nations body that appointed him.

New York-based law professor Philip Alston said Friday that high U.S. income inequality “can only be made worse” by the Trump administration’s policy of cutting taxes and restricting welfare.

A day before Alston presented his report to the Human Rights Council, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley branded it “misleading and politically motivated” in a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Announcing the U.S. pullout from the Geneva-based body Tuesday, Haley described the council as a “cesspool of bias.”

No U.S. diplomats were present to respond Friday when Alston told the council of witnessing “raw sewage” pouring into poor residents’ gardens in Alabama.

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