The United Nations monitor on poverty has warned that US President Donald Trump is forcing millions of Americans into financial hardship, depriving them of food and other basic needs while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy.
Philip Alston, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, visited several US states in December to examine human rights and poverty.
He sounds the alarm in the final report of his investigation into extreme poverty in the US which was published on Friday and will be presented to the UN human rights council in Geneva at the end of June.
“This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty,” Alston told The Guardian.
Millions of Americans already struggling to make ends meet faced “ruination”, he warned….