Updated Jun 29, 2018

In rebuke, International Organization of Migration rejects Trump nominee

Ken Isaacs, the U.S. candidate to head the International Organization for Migration, during a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York City on May 4, 2018. Photo: EuropaNewswire/Gado via Getty Images

Member states of the International Organization of Migration rejected Ken Isaacs, the U.S. pick to lead the organization — a break with precedent that marks a striking rebuke of the Trump administration.

Why it matters: The move constitutes a pointed blow — delivered not without risk. The U.S. contributes roughly a third of the organization’s $1 billion operating budget and some fear that President Trump could retaliate by slashing funding.

The background: By tradition, the U.S. pick for the post gets to fill it. As a result, an American has been at the helm for decades. But President Trump’s “America first” migration policies are controversial, and so was his nominee. A former Bush administration official and a vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, Isaacs came under scrutiny for sharing anti-Islam views on Twitter.

Jessica Brandt is a fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

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The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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