The U.S. government is working to finalize plans to designate the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Senior Trump administration officials told Free Beacon journalist Adam Kredo that President Donald Trump “views the Muslim Brotherhood as a key national security threat,” according to the report.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is working on a series of legislative packages to launch a probe into the group’s leadership and activities, laying the groundwork for the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. One bill would focus on the group’s main leaders and activists, identifying who to sanction and designate on the list. A second bill would support the first, seeking to identify the specific destabilizing activities carried out by the Brotherhood overseas.
“Sen. Cruz believes that the Muslim Brotherhood maintains a global network of Islamists and Islamist groups, including terrorist groups,” a spokesman for the senator told the Free Beacon. “His legislative push will include a range of reports and mandates that will ensure that American lawmakers and the American people have the information and authorities they need to respond and protect American national security.”
A senior congressional official noted that the Brotherhood operates a series of separate networks in different countries. Not all of them are terrorist groups, so “you can’t just have a blanket solution . . . One of the bills essentially says that yes, sometimes what we’re going to need is a terrorism designation. Another one of the bills sets up helping allies that are being threatened. The overall approach is just different than what’s been tried in the past.”
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The move follows the recent designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as an FTO.