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July 22, 2019

Amal Clooney blasts Trump at UN dinner, says he’s given ‘green light’ to autocratic regimes

December 6, 2018
Amal Clooney and George Clooney leave Cipriani 42nd Street on December 5, 2018 in New York City. (James Devaney / GC Images)

Amal Clooney criticized President Trump and his disdain for the media at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards Wednesday night in New York City.

Clooney spoke of cruelty against journalists as she accepted the Global Citizen of the Year award for 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

“The chilling effect is real, and it has already been felt, not only in Myanmar but further afield. And sadly similar examples abound in autocratic regimes from North Korea to the Philippines, to Hungary, Turkey and Brazil,” Clooney said at the dinner, which she attended with her husband George Clooney.

She then blasted the President for giving such regimes a “green light” and identifying the American press as the “enemy of the people.”

“And of course two months ago a Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, walked into a consulate in Istanbul and was brutally tortured to death,” Clooney continued.

The Oct. 2 death of Khashoggi is widely believed — by U.S. intelligence experts and senators, as well as foreign governments — to have been orchestrated by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the White House has declined to support that belief.

Clooney hasn’t been shy to speak out on other criticisms about the Trump administration in the past.

She slammed Trump on his proposed Muslim ban in 2016 and for ridiculing Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford in October.

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