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CAIR Welcomes Withdrawal of U.N. Ambassador Nominee Heather Nauert

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/17/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Heather Nauert’s decision to withdraw from consideration as U.N. ambassador.

SEE: Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration as UN Ambassador

CAIR had called on the Trump administration to drop Nauert’s nomination because of her inexperience in diplomacy, past associations with Islamophobia and after new reports surfaced showing that the former host of “Fox and Friends” helped promote the conspiracy theories of notorious anti-Muslim activists.

SEE: CAIR Renews Demand for Trump to Drop U.N. Ambassador Nominee Nauert After Revelations She Hosted Islamophobes

CAIR Factsheet on Heather Nauert

“We welcome Heather Nauert’s withdrawal from consideration as U.N. ambassador and hope that whoever takes up that post will represent our nation in an unbiased manner based on a wealth of diplomatic experience,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.

CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period. Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.

CAIR Report: Trump’s Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

A CAIR app shares critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process of reporting hate crimes and bias incidents and is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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