White House working to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization

The Trump administration is planning to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, an effort that is “working its way through the internal process,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

Sanders was responding to a New York Times report, citing officials familiar with the matter, that said the administration was working to make the designation, a move that would impose “wide-ranging economic and travel sanctions” on entities that do business with the group.

The Times said that following a White House visit earlier this month by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the administration “directed national security and diplomatic officials to find a way to place sanctions on the group.”

According to the paper, Sisi “urged” President Donald Trump to make the move during a private meeting during his visit, and the President “responded affirmatively,” agreeing “it would make sense.”