Trump weighs labeling Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group
US President Donald Trump plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization. The decision is a response to a recent request by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a military commander who came to power after organizing a coup against the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule of Egypt under President Mohamed Mursi, which had followed the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 as the result of a popular revolution. Sisi has banned the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
The US move could further undermine the Trump administration’s troubled relationship with the Turkish government of President Tayyip Erdogan, which has close ties to the Islamist organization. Both Turkey and Iran have already denounced Trump’s decision.