Anybody who’s watched the movie “American Sniper” is familiar with the man known by the code name “Johnny Walker,” Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s Iraqi interpreter.
If there was anyone who should be furious at President Trump’s erroneously nicknamed “Muslim ban,” it’s Walker.
And yet, in two separate interviews, the interpreter stood up for Trump’s temporary freeze on immigration, saying that American security should be first and foremost.
Trump’s executive order, as I’m sure you know by now, restricts travel and immigration from seven countries for 90 days. That includes Walker’s native Iraq, which still has issues controlling the Islamic State group.
The other countries affected are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
“I agree 100 percent with President Trump’s decision. The national security of the United States is a paramount issue,” Walker responded. “All President Trump is doing is ensuring that people can go about their day without living in so much fear. Women won’t have to worry about walking around the mall; kids won’t have to worry about going to the school.
“Look, these countries don’t have a database that keeps track of its citizens. And we can’t depend on a government database in countries that do, because if they have one it has a political agenda behind it.”
Walker pointed out that the Iraqi government — and other governments on the list — have been complicit with terrorist groups.
“Besides, the government of Iraq is involved with the militia who gets all their support from Iran, the number-one state sponsor of terrorism. ISIS has a haven in Libya. Al-Shabaab is in Somalia and has pledged their allegiance to ISIS. Iran has several terrorist groups affiliated with it. Yemen has Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the militia. And in Sudan, Hamas raises money for terrorism and has a presence.”
He also noted that some people from the affected countries had earned the right to come to the United States.
“But we also need to be concerned with the interpreters, linguists and soldiers who worked shoulder-by-shoulder with the U.S. to fight against terrorists. There are thousands of translators and friendly forces over there who earned the right to come to America. They’ve all become targets to groups like ISIS because they worked with America. They made many sacrifices in doing so, they deserve a second chance.”
In an interview with Fox News, Walker made similar statements:
“Just be American. If you love America more than anything else, you will understand Trump’s decision is for your own benefit,” Walker told “The First 100 Days” host Martha MacCallum on Monday. “If you disagree with Trump, and you love your country, go back to your country.”
Some strong words from an unexpected source.
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