Congressman Blasts Obama for Not Designating Muslim Brotherhood a Terror Group

Congressman Dave Trott (R-MI) blasted the Obama administration during a hearing last week for not designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Trott noted the group's role in the targeting of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and how it continues to incite violence against minorities and U.S. allies.

Rep. Trott also expressed disbelief at the State Department's excuses for continuing to meet with the group.

Both the House and the Senate are considering bills calling on the administration to designate the Muslim Brotherhood. Last November, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced H.R. 3892, the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015, which now has bipartisan support.

A Senate companion bill, S. 2230, was introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

On February 24 the House Judiciary Committee voted 17-10 to pass the bill and move the measure to the full House.

As a cosponsor of the House bill, Rep. Trott slammed the administration. He posted the video to his Facebook page:

Several U.S. allies in the Middle East have taken action against the Muslim Brotherhood, including U.A.E., Egypt, and Israel. Last week, Jordan closed the group's headquarters in Amman:

As I noted here at PJ Media last June, the Muslim Brotherhood stepped up their terror operations in Egypt while the Obama administration continued to court the group.

In January 2015, the State Department received a Muslim Brotherhood delegation just one day before the group published a declaration of jihad against the Egyptian state on their official website.

In that same article, I discussed my April 2014 trip to Egypt, where I toured many of the Coptic churches looted and torched by the Muslim Brotherhood in August 2013, including hard-hit areas in Upper Egypt like Minya, Delga and Assiut: