Sunday, August 13, 2017

Report: U.S. Arab Allies See Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation ‘a Positive Step’ if Taken - Breitbart News Network

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Report: U.S. Arab Allies See Muslim Brotherhood Terror Designation ‘a Positive Step’ if Taken

The efforts of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to officially label the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a foreign terrorist organization has earned the support of various Arab allies of the United States, Fox News has learned.

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Soon after taking office in January of this year, a debate erupted within the Trump administration over adding the Muslim Brotherhood to the State Department and Treasury lists of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).
Fox News learned that the debate to label MB a terrorist group continues inside the White House.
“The fight is far from over,” a senior administration official told the news network, noting, “The commitment inside the West Wing to the question of designating the Brotherhood has not waned.”
The Trump administration is acutely aware of MB’s jihadist roots, according to the official.
He told Fox News, “The White House completely understands how the modern global jihadi threat, which the president has rightly described as radical Islamic terrorism, can be driven back at its roots to the Brotherhood.”
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“This president is unprepared to follow the disastrous policies of prior administrations, especially the Obama White House’s empowering of the Brotherhood that led to the catastrophic consequences of the so-called Arab Spring and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from the Sinai [in Egypt] to Sinjar [in Iraq],” the Trump administration official told Fox News.
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Christopher Holton of the Center for Security Policy told Fox News that it is essential to designate the Brotherhood a terrorist organization in the United States.
The Center for Security Policy has been a staunch supporter of labeling MB a terror group.
“As the Egyptian ambassador well knows, the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are identical to those of all the jihadist organizations, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Hamas: the establishment of an Islamic state ruled by Sharia,” Holton told Fox News.
He blamed the “the Swamp in the State Department” and Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster for preventing MB’s terror designation so far.