HUGE: Trump Leans Toward Designating Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Organization

President Donald Trump meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Apr 9 2019. The New York Times

After the meeting, Trump praised Sisi as a "great president" while a bipartisan group of US lawmakers raised concerns about Sisi's record on human rights, efforts to keep him in office for many years and planned Russian arms purchases.

John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, and Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, support the idea, officials said.

"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", Ms Sanders said in a statement.

According to the New York Times, President Trump was urged to make the push by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during their meeting in early April.

Illustrative: Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists gesture from the defendants cage as they receive sentences in a mass trial in Alexandria, Egypt, May 19, 2014.

The Trump administration is working on issuing an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organisation, a U.S. official has revealed. Mr Sisi overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, a former Brotherhood leader.

In the first parliamentary elections after President Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in February 2011, the political party associated with the Muslim Brotherhood ascended to power, winning almost half the seats in Egypt's parliament.

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The move would be complicated because of the Muslim Brotherhood's size and reach, including into the United States.

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?

The Muslim Brotherhood is one of Islam's most influential political movements with millions of members across the world.

Because of the Muslim's Brotherhood's well-documented ties to terror groups, several USA allies have already designated the group as a terrorist organization, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Yet the group has inspired many terrorists, and terrorist groups like Hamas are branches of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The debate comes less than a month after the Trump administration took the sweeping decision to declare Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, the first time it has designated a unit of a government.

The group, which advocates for a society based on Shariah law, most notably rose to political power in Egypt after Hosni Mubarak was overthrown as Egypt's president during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Egypt blamed the Brotherhood for a 2013 suicide bomb attack that killed 16 people.

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