Senior members of Trump’s transition team told reporters the White House is considering adopting the policy.
The White House is mulling designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, according to unnamed members of Trump’s transition team who described a faction in favor and a faction against the move.
A senior member of Trump’s transition team, speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters, “I know it has been discussed. I’m in favor of it.”
A bill to designate the international Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood is gathering steam in Congress.
Clarion Project spearheaded a campaign to educate legislators and move the bill forward over the past year. The bill currently has bipartisan support.
In November of 2015, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the bill, which identifies three Brotherhood entities in the U.S. including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The United Arab Emirates designated CAIR as a terrorist organization in 2014.
“We have to stop pretending that the Brotherhood are not responsible for the terrorism they advocate and finance … We have to see it for what it is: a key international organization dedicated to waging violent jihad,” Cruz told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.
You can read Clarion’s thorough rebuttal of the Brotherhood’s purported “non-violence” policy here.
The bill included is an unprecedented opportunity to educate members of Congress about the Muslim Brotherhood‘s involvement in terrorism. It reviews the Brotherhood’s terrorist history and how it is banned by the governments of Egypt, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Syria. Egypt released videos showing the Brotherhood’s involvement in terrorism and the Egyptian government’s website warns about the Brotherhood lobby in the United States.
The U.S. designated the Brotherhood’s Palestinian wing—Hamas— in 1997, but the group a whole is allowed to operate in the U.S.
If passed, the bill would state that Congress believes that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria of a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189).
It gives the secretary of state a period of 60 days to provide a detailed report explaining whether the Brotherhood meets the standard to be named as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and why. The legislation contains a mountain of evidence in support of designation.