Riyadh Ahmed Khalaf Al Ahmady may not be a name recognized by many people, but the man he worked alongside during the Iraq War, U.S. Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, is known around the world.
Al Ahmady was Kyle’s interpreter during the war and became a U.S. citizen this week, completing his 10-year naturalization process.
The 54-year-old interpreter who is better known for his code name “Johnny Walker” had his visa to stay in the U.S. approved by the Obama administration, the Washington Examiner reports.
During this time he stayed in San Diego, California.
Democrats probably won’t be happy to hear the foreign-born, California resident backs President Trump “100 percent,” which he shared in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
“Trump, if he is racist that means he wants to protect his race and his religion,” he said during the interview.
“How many Muslims live in the United States?” Al Ahmady rhetorically asked. “He wants to protect those people no matter what they believe, and they call him racist.”
The new American citizen said people in his home country of Iraq do not respect the U.S. or what it stands for by mocking the U.S. flag.
“I support Trump 100 percent … he loves this country,” said Al Ahmady. “I tell people, ‘Raise the American flag in Iraq,’ while people over here, they show no respect to the flag.”
Al Ahmady also backs the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Check it out, via the Washington Examiner:
Al Ahmady said the issue of illegal immigration, whether at the U.S.-Mexico border or overstaying visas, has been made more complicated and emotional than it needs to be. “We need to build the wall. Some, if they don’t like this idea, they need to go back to [their] country.”
He was approved for a special immigrant visa for himself and his family in 2009, after he had helped the Navy SEALS with more than 1,000 missions. It took a decade longer to be approved to become citizens.
Al Ahmady said that those who had helped the U.S. should be at the front of the line to receive visas.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I am better than other people,” Al Ahmady said during the interview. “I think we should see who has put his life at risk for us, to make his citizenship faster than other people who gave no life risk.
“From 2006 through 2009, I put my life at risk every night. How many people of those [visa applicants] put their life at risk?” he continued. “All they need to do is follow the legal procedure and keep your faith about the American dream.”
Al Ahmady now works in Southern California with U.S. Special Operations forces, the Washington Examiner reports.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.