Ex-marine sent home from Iraq after Facebook video goes viral

US contractor in Iraq sent home after FB video supporting Trump travel ban goes viral.

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US ex-marine Steven Gern was fired from his job in Iraq and sent home after he uploaded a Facebook video supporting US President Donald Trump's temporary ban on citizens of seven countries entering the US.

The ban was instituted to prevent potentially dangerous people from entering the country before there was an efficient way to vet them properly.

Gern's video, which includes a description of what local Iraqis would do to any American they found, got 44 million views on Facebook.

"So here I am, on my way out of here," Gern said in a YouTube video. "Obviously they didn't waste..time getting me out of the country... Currently I've been locked out of Facebook. I'll probably never be able to come back here to Iraq again, but I'm happy with that."

Later, on the plane, he said, "Apparently it wasn't safe for me to remain in the location I was in."

In an interview with Fox News, Gern said of Afghan and Iraqi citizens, "I was expecting obviously, a call on the radio to make it to the office. And shortly afterwards, I got that call."

"They're very good at manipulation. They can manipulate just about anyone. They can tell you what they want you to hear and they can keep that up for many, many years. And then, eventually when it's time, they'll do what they believe is right.

"If that is to hurt an American - or hurt many of us at one time - they're going to do it."








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