Ian Payne is Leading Britain's Conversation.
8 April 2017, 12:37
Maajid Nawaz: For The First Time, I Agree With Donald Trump
Maajid Nawaz on why he finally agrees with Donald Trump.
After Donald Trump launched 59 tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase, Maajid Nawaz admits he has finally found common ground with the US President.
The LBC presenter first looked at the negatives the strike could have, citing the risk of escalating tensions with Russia, Iran and Hezbollah as one example.
But, it was when Maajid turned from the cons to the pros did he confess that for the first time he had found a Trump policy he could absolutely agree with.
“I think there happens to be a significant number of positives,” Maajid said about Trump’s response to a gassing allegedly undertaken by the Assad regime, which killed 80.
“I’m about to say Trump did something good for once and I promised you I would do that and that's what I'm about to say.
“I am a humanist liberal before I'm anything else, so if we begin to live in the kind of world where chemical weapons can be used with impunity, where children can be gassed to death without anyone being held accountable that's not the kind of world I want to see.
He continued: “Any form of deterrent to prevent any leader anywhere using such horrific weapons against any human being must be a positive on the score chart.
“I’d say this is the first time I've seen a human President Trump.”
After listing a number of other positive reasons for Trump’s strike, Maajid went on to say he believed the move could see Trump secure a second term within the White House.
He finished: “Trump is ushering in through this strike the reassertion of this cherished principle that this is not the kind of world where we want nuclear and chemical weapons of mass destruction used with impunity.”