Trump nominee for U.N. migration post called Muslims violent, Christians top priority

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Ken Isaacs, head of international relief for Samaritan’s Purse, is seen speaking about an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa in 2014. Isaacs has in recent years expressed controversial views about Muslims in social media posts. He is the Trump administration’s nominee to lead the UN International Organization for Migration. (Alejandro Davila Fragoso/MCT)
By Aaron C. Davis and Jack Gillum February 3 at 7:38 PM Email the author

The Trump administration’s nominee to coordinate billions of dollars in assistance to migrants around the world has suggested in social-media posts that Islam is an inherently violent religion and has said Christians in some cases should receive preferential treatment when resettling from hostile areas.

In tweets, social media posts and radio appearances reviewed by The Washington Post, Ken Isaacs, a vice president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, made disparaging remarks about Muslims and denied climate change — a driving force behind migration, according to the agency the State Department has nominated him to lead.

In June, after a terrorist attack in London, Isaac reposted and commented on a CNN International story that quoted a Catholic bishop saying “This isn’t in the name of God, this isn’t what the Muslim faith asks people to do.”