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New York Times: Trump pushes to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

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WASHINGTON – President of the United States, Donald Trump, is pushing to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, the New York Times reported today.

The White House directed national security and diplomatic officials to find a way to place sanctions on the group, the U.S. newspaper said citing officials familiar with the matter.

In a statement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, acknowledged that the administration was working on designating the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.

“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,” Sanders said.

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

Such a designation imposes wide-ranging economic and travel sanctions on companies and individuals who interact with the targeted group.

The Muslim Brotherhood has ties to several internationally-designated terrorist groups such as Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya and Hamas in Palestine.

The Brotherhood itself had been designated as a terrorist group by several countries including Russia, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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