Rep. Adam Kinzinger: Middle East Ambassador Says Trump Fueling Anti-West Faction In His Country

Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Speaking on MSNBC Live Friday morning Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger said that a Middle Eastern Ambassador meet with him recently and said that Donald Trump rhetoric about Muslims and other views on foreign policy were fueling the anti-western faction in his country.

Just the other day I was talking to an ambassador from an ally in the Middle East and he said the words of Donald Trump have been terrible. Keep in mind we’re friends of yours but we have an anti-west faction in our country that we still have to deal with and this have given them ammunition to say look the pro-west government is basically in bed with these people that hate Islam. This is detrimental to our foreign policy.

Several weeks ago Kinzinger was a part of a congressional delegation led by Sen. Lindsey Graham that visited several Middle Eastern countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

Friday Donald Trump partially walked back his earlier position of banning Muslims from entering the United States for a period of time saying it was only a suggestion.

FYI when someone in the DC beltway says “Anti-west faction” they mean Islamists. And based upon what Kinzinger was saying in other interviews he did on CNN and MSNBC Thursday and Friday the top to leading candidates for countries that he is talking about are the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Kinzinger has said, and has continued to do so since Trump’s meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday, that because of Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail and foreign policy views he can’t bring himself yet to back Trump. Kinzinger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Thursday, “I won’t be supporting Hillary Clinton, but what I definitely will be doing is still taking a ballot even if i don’t vote for the presidency I can still write somebody in and I’ll be sure to vote down ballot for like Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois.”