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The U.N. Migration Agency rejects Trump candidate Ken Isaacs



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Updated Jun 29, 2018 9:19 AM EDT

GENEVA – The UN Immigration Department has stunned the Trump government's candidate on Friday – a blow to the US leadership of a panel dealing with One of the world's leading organizations deals with the most pressing issues – and only the second time that since 1

951 it is no longer run by an American.

Diplomats who participated in the first three ballots on Friday told the Associated Press that the American Ken Isaacs was eliminated over time contesting the election of the next Director-General of the International Organization for Migration. The race was previously led by Antonio Vitorino, a Portuguese Socialist, in front of IOM Deputy Director-General Laura Thompson from Costa Rica.

The move marks a sharp rejection of the US candidate just as the Trump government withdrew or withdrew international institutions – including two others based in Geneva: earlier this month, the United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council and Mr. Trump recently criticized the World Trade Organization for being "unfair" to the US

"Another sign that the power, authority and prestige of the US has decreased so dramatically," tweeted Keith Harper, the Obama administration's ambassador to the United States Human Rights Council was. The "IOM director is considered an" American seat "and Mr. Trump could not place an American in it."

Isaac's candidacy has been tarnished by US policies such as travel bans and family divisions – and his own comments critics have called anti-Muslim. But few diplomats pouring out of Geneva's conference center dared explain why an American has been deprived of a post that the US has been firmly in control of for decades.

The Senegalese diplomat Youssoupa Ndiaye simply spoke of the early result: "The American is out." Two other diplomats confirmed this, as did the two-person race between Vitorino and Thompson when the delegates broke for lunch. The two spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to publish the information publicly.

The winner, who is determined by the paying voters among the 172 countries of the IOM, will take over the long-standing US diplomat William Lacy Swing, who will be leaving in September. The IOM officials refused to confirm the result until the election was over.

An intergovernmental organization that became a UN-like organization in 2016 had only one director-general, who was not American since its founding 67 years ago. [19659003] But Mark Hetfield, a self-proclaimed friend of Isaacs, who heads humanitarian group HIAS, which works with IOM, accused the White House man – and not the candidate for the job of the UN migration agency – of politics and insults. 19659003] "This IOM election was not really about Ken Isaac, for whom I have much respect as a humanist," said Hetfield. "The election was an international referendum that rejected President Trump and his xenophobic, anti-Islamic and isolationist policies, let's face it, the tweets from Isaacs were no worse than those from the White House."

The administration is fresh of international renown for the separation of migrant families crossing the Mexican border. The United States Supreme Court has also upheld its ban on travel in the US to citizens of a number of countries, most of whom are predominantly Muslims. Trump has also taken the United States out of the Global Compact for Migration.

Even before, Isaacs was on the defensive about retweets and other comments that some critics considered anti-Muslim, so much so that he downplayed his Twitter account. After that, Isaacs carefully staged his media appearances and kept to the scripts – with department heads advising him or in tow.

Isaacs' favor but also tradition was money: the United States is the largest single donor to the IOM, closely followed by the European Union.

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