In a bold move that will likely send shockwaves throughout the left, President Trump has moved to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
President Trump moved to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group following a visit from the president of Egypt earlier this month.
The designation would impose severe travel and economic sanctions on those who associate with the group, which has millions of members across the Middle East. Trump has asked his administration to figure out a way to make the designation happen, The New York Times reports. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the news, which the New York Times reports has sparked internal debate in the administration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton support the move, while others at the Pentagon are opposed and are working to propose a more moderate action.
“The president has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern, and this designation is working its way through the internal process,” she told The New York Times.
The group is politically opposed to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Sisi asked Trump to join his country in designating them a terror group when the two talked in an April 9 meeting at the White House. Trump reacted positively to the idea, saying it would make sense for the U.S. to make the designation, and some of his aides reportedly interpreted his response as a commitment.
The move would be complicated because of the Muslim Brotherhood’s size and reach, including into the United States. Some political parties associate loosely with the group, but disavow its violent extremism. The designation could also strain already tense relations with Turkey, whose president is an avid supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. Americans would likely be caught up in the move as well, and American humanitarian organizations affiliated with the group.
Seven countries, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, have made the designation. The sanctions imposed would punish those who fund the group or provide banking services, and ban members or those with ties to the group from entering the United States.
The Blacksphere reported on members of the Obama administration who were reportedly part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Arif Alikhan – Devout Muslim, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser Elibiary appeared at a conference honoring Ayatollah Khomeini, has made attacks on prosecution of terrorist fundraisers, has actively promoted jihadist ideology godfather Sayyid Qutb, and threatened a Dallas Morning News journalist who repeatedly exposed his extremist views.
Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference. Hussain is “a hafiz of the Qur’an”–An individual earns this designation by committing to memory the Qur’an in its entirety and enjoys high status among Sharia-adherent Muslims who regard this feat as proof of a deep devotion to Allah.=
The OIC is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is dedicated in its documents to spreading Islamic law, or sharia.
Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser –founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director, and a Muslim leader who said that Israel should have been added to the”suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Magid was born and raised in Sudan and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Imam Magid studied with his father, Al-Haj Majd Haj Mosa, described by one watchdog website as “a Cairo-trained Muslim Brotherhood scholar” who has served as the top cleric in the Republic of the Sudan, one of the most Sharia-adherent nations in the world.
In 2012, ISNA hosted Dawud Walidwho said, “One of the greatest social ills facing American today is Islamophobia, and anti-Muslim bigotry. And if you trace the organizations and the main advocates and activists in Islamophobia in America, you will see that all those organizations are pro-Israeli occupation organizations and activists.”
Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships – Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation.
The New York Times reported that the White House is pushing to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, bringing the weight of American sanctions against a storied and influential Islamist political movement with millions of members across the Middle East, according to officials familiar with the matter.
The White House directed national security and diplomatic officials to find a way to place sanctions on the group after a White House visit on April 9 by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, for whom the Brotherhood represents a source of political opposition. In a private meeting without reporters and photographers, Mr. el-Sisi urged Mr. Trump to take that step and join Egypt in branding the movement a terrorist organization.
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