Is President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the United Nations’ migration agency anti-Muslim? Some reports say Trump’s choice has made some controversial comments about Muslims in social media posts.
The Washington Post reported that Ken Isaacs, Trump’s nominee to lead the U.N. International Organization for Migration, has called Muslims “violent” and that policymakers should favor Christian refugees instead.
The White House announced Isaacs' nomination on Thursday. Isaacs previously served in the George W. Bush administration as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s director of foreign disaster assistance.
Isaacs also had an equally controversial TV guesting where he responded to the comment of a Catholic bishop after a June terrorist attack in London last year. The Bishop said: “This isn’t in the name of God; this isn’t what the Muslim faith instructs the faithful to do.” Isaacs shot back: “Bishop, if you read the Quran you will know ‘this’ is exactly what the Muslim faith instructs the faithful to do.”
Isaacs was just as candid on his social media posts. In 2015, he visited a Syrian refugee camp in Greece as part of his job as vice-president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan Purse. In a Facebook post then, Isaacs slammed former President Barack Obama for being “foolish and delusional” in his attempt to display “cultural enlightenment” when he wanted to admit large numbers of Syrian refugees to the country.
Isaacs maintained then that Christian refugees should get preferential treatment since they can never return and should be first priority.
Isaacs also wrote a more controversial tweet where he said: “If Islam is a religion of peace, let’s see 2 million Muslims in National Mall marching against jihad & stand for America! I haven’t seen it!”
Should he make it to the post, Isaacs would lead a 169-member organization that coordinates billions of dollars in assistance to migrants around the world.
The State Department issued a statement on Isaacs' behalf apologizing after the Post flagged his controversial comments. The statement read: “I deeply regret that my comments on social media have caused hurt and have undermined my professional record. It was careless and it has caused concern among those who have expressed faith in my ability to effectively lead IOM. I pledge to hold myself to the highest standards of humanity, human dignity and equality if chosen to lead IOM.”
The nomination will be decided by the group’s voting members. Since the late 1960’s, no nominee has been voted down for the position.