Trump administration delays designation on Muslim Brotherhood

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An executive order which would designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is on hold for the moment, according to reports on Monday.

It is being reported that the administration has been arguing over the status of this global Islamist movement.

Anonymous sources told The Washington Times that the administration “backed down from a plan to designate the Brotherhood last month after an internal State Department memo advised against it because of the movement’s loose-knit structure and far-flung political ties across the Middle East.”

The memo reportedly “explained that there’s not one monolithic Muslim Brotherhood.” The source went on to say that “while the movement may well be tied to such bona fide terrorist groups as Hamas, its more legitimate political activities would complicate the terrorist designation process.”

The Brotherhood is currently holding political power in places such as Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and several other Muslim-majority nations, and it’s reported that the memo “coincided with high-level pressure placed on the Trump administration from at least one of them.”

Officials from Jordan, a close U.S. ally, have strongly advised against placing the Brotherhood on the State Department’s foreign terrorist organizations list, according to the report, “because the movement’s political arm in Amman currently holds 16 Jordanian parliament seats.”

H/T: Washington Times

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