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Trump May Designate Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group

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The Trump administration is gearing up to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization after Egypt’s president encouraged President Trump to do so while visiting the White House earlier this month, according to the New York Times, citing loose-lipped officials familiar with the matter. According to the report, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are supportive of the idea – which has been under consideration since 2017.

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The designation would bring the weight of American sanctions on the influential Islamist political movement which counts millions of members in its ranks, as well as those who interact with or support the organization (such as Turkey’s President Erdogan).

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. –New York Times

The Muslim Brotherhood is already listed as a terrorist organization by Russia, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and the post-Soviet CSTO states.

The motion has sparked an internal debate within the administration, according to the report, “including at a senior-level meeting of policymakers from various departments convened last week by the White House’s National Security Council,” according to the leaky officials.

“…the Pentagon, career national security staff, government lawyers and diplomatic officials have voiced legal and policy objections, and have been scrambling to find a more limited step that would satisfy the White House,” reports the Times.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged the push to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists, saying “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.”

President Trump with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt on April 9 at the White House. Photo: Tom Brenner for The New York Times

Officials opposed to the designation have argued that the criteria for designating a terrorist organization don’t apply to the Muslim Brotherhood, “which is less a coherent body than a loose-knit movement with chapters in different countries that either use that moniker or have strong historical ties to it.” Meanwhile, various political parties in places such as Jordan and Tunisia identify as being part of the Muslim Brotherhood, or acknowledge ties to it, while stating they oppose violent extremism.

As a matter of policy, such a designation could have rippling consequences, including further stressing relations with Turkey, whose president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a staunch Brotherhood supporter. It is also unclear what the consequences would be for Americans and American humanitarian organizations with links to the group, and human rights officials have worried that Mr. el-Sisi might use it to justify an even harsher crackdown against his opponents.

Among the alternative ideas raised at the meeting last week were trying to identify and target a terrorist-linked group with ties to the Brotherhood that has not yet been designated or limiting any designation’s scope to the Egyptian branch, officials said. –New York Times

If you recall from 2013, el-Sisi is a former Egyptian general who helped lead a coup to overthrow Mohamed Morsi – Egypt’s first democratically elected president and a former leader within the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi and other senior figures from the then-ruling Muslim Brotherhood was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with the killings of protesters during 2012 demonstrations.

The men were convicted in April 2015 on charges including kidnapping, torture and the killings of protesters during unrest in 2012. The Muslim Brotherhood denies responsibility and says that most of those killed were from its own ranks. –SMH

The Trump administration had weighed whether to designate both the Muslim Brotherhood and an arm of Iran’s military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, as terrorist organizations during its chaotic first weeks in 2017. But the ideas lapsed amid objections from career professionals and the fallout from other capricious early steps, like Mr. Trump’s ban on visitors from several predominantly Muslim countries.

But this spring, the administration abruptly pushed through the terrorist designation for the Revolutionary Guards. Mr. Pompeo, who has the most important voice in the debate besides Mr. Trump’s because the secretary of state controls the list of designated terrorist organizations, announced sanctions on the Iranian military arm on April 8, the day before Mr. el-Sisi visited the White House. –New York Times

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928, and amassed a secret armed wing to fight against British colonial rule. It grew to 200,000 members by 1936, and over 2 million by 1948. After the Egyptian government arrested 32 leaders of the Brotherhood’s “secret apparatus” in 1948, banning the organization – its ranks fell to around 500,000 members or sympathizers across 2,000 branches.

via zerohedge

14 COMMENTS

    • Too late we allowed them to be voted into important political positions. Once they are in politics it is way too late. Obama brought many radicals into our country and now we are reaping what Obama sowed. Just look what was voted into congress in Minnesota and NY not to speak of what we have in CA. Unless we remove these people of our country it can only get worse just like in Europe. France is 68% Muslims now. Omar and Talib should have their citizenship revoked and be removed from our country.

    • Muslim Brother Hood should have been declared a terrorist group long ago and all should be wearing orange suits or deported. Border patrol, DOJ and FBI should receive orders to shoot to kill if they reenter or just try to reenter this country. Muslim law and practice are 100% against the constitution and there is no place for it in America.

    • They have been designated a terrorist group by many nations and the U.S.A. should have designated them to be terrorists eight or nine years ago.

  1. Islamist have the mentality of the 4th century teachings. They all need to be shipped back ti were they came from is a leaking tanker!

  2. OF COURSE the Mozlem Brotherhood is a terrorist group. ALL Mozlems are terrorists. Don’t be fooled by the lie, “Islam is a religion of peace” bullshit.
    Don’t fall for the lie of, “not all Mozlems are terrorists” bullshit.
    Never trust a Mozlem.

  3. They are and have been a terrorist group and should be designated as such. President Obama put them in charge of Egypt which they almost destroyed before at the Egyptian people rows up and threw them out

  4. Yes, the President needs to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The sooner, the better.
    The beginning of the Muslim inroads to becoming a political force in America was around 1998 when Democrats Kerry, Pelosi, Schumer and a few other Demos plus traitor John McCain quietly changed the laws forbidding Muslims to hold office. Now there are no barriers to prevent the Muslims from increasing their population until they have enough control to be voted into important political/government positions. Then Sharia and the Koran will become the law of the land. If I were mentally deficient enough to be in the Democrat party, I would never admit it in public. The main party of lies, corruption, derangement and infanticide among other horrors. The first people to die under Muslim rule will be those that helped them achieve control (all non believers) and the gays which Muslims despise. Congratulations Democrats! You are guaranteeing the demise of yourselves, your friends, your kin and any other American that is not a Muslim. Or, you will become the party that precipitated the next American revolution. In either case, the Democrats will likely cease to exist, along with the Rino’s. Even though I abhor violence, the thought of enjoying a peaceful existence makes me smile!

  5. Absolutely! That’s exactly what they are!
    Remember the poser president using the name of Obama endorsed the Muslim Brotherhood. God only knows what Obama has lay waiting for America.

  6. The thinking in the USA is upside down. The Muslims that don’t support jihad are the extremists and those that do are the mainstream religious followers.

  7. I would love to think that Muslims will except the melting pot of our society. I don’t like to see scared children running from real fear and hungry from lack of food or protection.
    Freedom of choice for religion and where we worship. Even that has become a real problem. The person who goes into a area where there are no guns to stop them is not done with courage. That is murder of innocence. Christian churches and Muslim places of worship have become targets. All people living here need that freedom of worship.

  8. Poor dump! I mean, trump. I cant imagine trying to do what he does. Who else could be a descendent of Hitler and believe his own lies are true. He is amusing though. His tantrums are exactly as Hitler did. Talk about a nut..!??

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