US President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are turning the country into the “world champion of extreme inequality,” warns the United Nations monitor on poverty and human rights.
The warning by Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, came in a devastating report on the condition of America following his two-week fact-finding visit to the country.
“The US Congress is trying desperately to pass a tax bill that, if adopted, would represent the single most dramatic increase in inequality that could be imagined,” Alston told reporters on Friday.
The UN expert said that the tax reform bill backed by Trump will “shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes.”
The Trump administration has maintained that the tax overhaul would increase growth in the country and create more jobs and wealth.
Alston, however, said the proposed cuts to social welfare programs will…