Mattis backtracks on nominee due to Muslim Brotherhood ties

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has recanted his nomination of former Ambassador Anne Patterson to acquire the Pentagon’s top civilian job, following concerns about her connection to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Both Fox News and The Washington Post broke the news that the choice of Patterson to become undersecretary of defense for policy has been reversed. They also revealed the two senators who were vehemently opposed to her nomination: Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz.

Between 2011 and 2013, Patterson was stationed in Cairo to serve time as the ambassador to Egypt. During that period, the country’s president, Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in a military coup. Patterson’s critics, such as Cotton and Cruz, claim the ambassador was too soft and lax on Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Both Cotton and Cruz, as members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, seek to formally label the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in newly proposed legislation.

In 2o13, Egypt’s government designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist threat following a police headquarters bombing that killed 16 people.

Patterson has previously tenured as an ambassador to the countries Pakistan, Colombia, El Salvador, and even the United Nations.

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