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UN human rights chief watching US under Trump 'very closely'

The United Nations' human rights chief has said his office is "watching the United States very closely" under President Donald Trump.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein warned last year that Mr Trump's election could be dangerous for the world.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva on Monday, Mr Zeid said he had noticed a "change in some of the rhetoric" since Mr Trump assumed office, and expressed hope that the American leader's worrisome campaign trail rhetoric on issues like torture would "dissipate".

Mr Zeid, a Jordanian prince, said his office is waiting to see the possible effects from the Trump administration's plan to cut funding for the US State Department and international organisations.

In October, Mr Zeid said Mr Trump would be "dangerous from an international point of view" if elected.

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