The Trump administration has been working behind-the-scenes in recent weeks to officially designate the Muslim Brotherhood a “foreign terrorist organization,” a move that would impose stiff new sanctions on Egypt’s “oldest Islamist movement.”
“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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi reportedly made the request to President Trump during his recent trip to Washington.
“Sisi, who ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 and was elected president the following year, has overseen a crackdown on Islamists as well as liberal opposition in Egypt,” reports Reuters.
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