‘Trump doesn’t un­der­stand far right threat’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DON­ALD Trump ‘does not un­der­stand’ na­tion­al­ism, coun­cil leader Ian Ward has claimed.

Cllr Ian Ward crit­i­cised the US pres­i­dent fol­low­ing the ter­ror at­tack on a syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh where a gun­man killed 11 peo­ple.

He warned the threat of right wing groups can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

Cllr Ward spoke dur­ing the anti-ter­ror con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham. The fo­rum comes five years af­ter Ukrainian stu­dent Pavlo Lap­shyn stabbed to death 82-yearold grand­fa­ther Mo­hammed Saleem on the way home from his lo­cal mosque in Small Heath.

Cllr Ward said: “They (far-right groups) should not be un­der­es­ti­mated at all. We are aware of far right groups in this coun­try who the se­cu­rity ser­vices and po­lice are very, very con­cerned about.

“We’ve had the mur­der here of Mo­hammed Saleem as a re­sult of right wing ex­trem­ism and you can see across Europe the growth of na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal par­ties, hav­ing learnt noth­ing it would ap­pear from Europe’s his­tory of the 1930s.

“It doesn’t help there has been a right wing ter­ror­ist at­tack in Pitts­burgh in re­cent days, it just doesn’t help that we seem to have a pres­i­dent of the United States who does not un­der­stand what na­tion­al­ism is all about.”

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