‘GIVE HIM A CHANCE’, SAY UAE REPUBLICANS
Party plays down threats
A senior Republican overseas leader has urged the Middle East not to judge Donald Trump by the outlandish pledges made during his campaign, after the business tycoon's shock victory.
Joshua Atkinson was speaking after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat yesterday and Trump prepares to head for the White House. Trump won with 289 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218.
Among the concerns is Trump’s promise to temporarily ban Muslims from the US.
He also spoke about “extreme vetting” for immigrants.
Atkinson, Director of the Republican Overseas – UAE, sought to play down Trump’s rhetoric.
He said: “It’s not a religious ban. He wants to follow stricter immigration policies. It’s not about Muslims, Jews or Christians.
“He never intended a Muslim ban.
“It was focused on terrorists using the name of Islam.
“He welcomes all immigrants who are properly vetted. He loves Muslims. He’s going to build stronger relationships with the Middle East.” Atkinson said it was time to “forgive offence”. However, Tony Graham, spokesman for Democrats Abroad – UAE Chapter, said Trump had won because he “appealed to people’s anger” about a sluggish economy and job insecurity. Graham said: “If he is foolish enough to place a ban based on any nationality, religion or type of person, there will be riots on the streets in the US. It will be unconstitutional. “The worst thing about Donald Trump is that you have no idea what he’s going to do. If he feels like doing something and if it feeds his own personal interest, he’ll do it.” “I would also like everyone to know that majority of American expats in the UAE are democrats. “They are absolutely against the vile campaign run b y Donald Tr um p, including his commen ts against women, race and religion. Americans overseas do not stand for that.”