Trump has been lauded by jihadis as the "best caller to Islam" because of his "blessed" travel ban
Publishing posts of praise on “Abu Magrebi”, a pro-ISIS channel within Telegram, a social media platform, jihadis have even hailed Donald Trump as the “best caller to Islam”.
One post reads: “When U.S. President Donald Trump says ‘We don’t want them here’ and bans the Muslim immigrants from Muslim countries, there is one thing that comes to our mind.”
Another post on Telegram said Trump’s actions “clearly revealed the truth and harsh reality behind the American government’s hatred towards Muslims.”
Rita Katz, founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, a private organisation that monitors jihadist websites said Trump’s ban will help terrorist networks to thrive.
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Ms Katz said: “Jihadists would have to argue to lengths that Obama, Bush, and others held anti-Islam agendas and hated the religion — not just radical terrorists.
“Trump, however, makes that argument a lot easier for them to sell to their followers.”
Other posts on the pro-ISIS channel suggested Trump was fulfilling the predictions of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born al-Qaeda leader who said that the “West would eventually turn against its Muslim citizens.”
Robert Richer, a former CIA deputy chief during George W. Bush’s administration said Trump’s ban was a “strategic mistake” and could undermine spies’ future efforts to collect information about terrorists and their plans.
Robert Richer, former deputy chief of CIA operations condemned Trump's ban
Richer added: “This was a win for jihadists and other anti-US forces.
“It fuels the belief out there that Americans are anti-Islam. Otherwise, it accomplishes nothing, because the ones we are most concerned about can still get to the United States.”
President Trump has defended his travel ban in a statement, which said: “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”