America’s relations with the rest of the planet took another hit Friday when other UN nations rejected Team Trump’s pick to lead the body’s migration agency — a pointed rebuke of US immigration policies.
Ken Isaacs, an executive with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity headed by Franklin Graham, son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, couldn’t win enough votes from members of the International Organization of Migration after several rounds at its meeting in Geneva, Bloomberg reported.
The administration had nominated him in February, but his chances had been fraught from the start because of his anti-Muslim tweets and other Twitter posts from the fringe.
The rebuke marked only the second time that an American would not head up the agency since 1951.
“Yet another sign that US power, authority and prestige has been so dramatically diminished,” tweeted Keith Harper, who was the Obama administration’s ambassador to the rights council.
The “IOM Director is seen as an ‘American seat’ and Mr. Trump was unable to place an American in it.”
It was another example of global leaders showing their disdain for America’s harsh immigration policies under President Trump, most notably his since-reversed idea to separate migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau have all slammed Trump’s policy, which resulted in images of young migrants locked in cages and audio of wailing children calling for “Mami” and “Papi.”
Isaacs was nominated with the support of Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller, the mastermind behind Trump’s much-maligned hard-line policies on immigration.
Isaacs’ tweets, which said Islam wasn’t inherently a peaceful religion, came to light soon after his nomination.
“#immigration #wall #Austria #Switzerland consider#buildingawall in #Alps to control their borders from refugees,” Isaacs wrote in one tweet.
In several others, Isaacs shared a post that called climate change a “hoax,” shared a story from the wingnut website InfoWars about the “Clinton body count,” and wrote “#Islam is not peaceful,” CNN reported.
After State Department officials warned him, he deleted the tweets and made his Twitter account private.
US relations with the UN were also strained by the administration’s withdrawal this month from the world body’s Human Rights Council over its relentless criticism of Israel and hands-off stance regarding other nations’ human rights violations.
Ambassador Nikki Haley called the rights group “a cesspool of political bias” against the Jewish state.
The International Organization for Migration, established in 1951, says on its website that it’s “the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.”
Portuguese Socialist and former European Union commissioner Antonio Vitorino won the election to be the next director-general of the migration agency.
The State Department congratulated Vitorino, calling the vote “a very competitive election with three highly qualified candidates.”
“IOM is an important partner for the United States around the globe, and we are committed to working with IOM to address root causes of migration and to promote safe and legal migration,” State said in a statement.
With Post wires
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