The Trump administration is moving to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, according to a report from The New York Times.
The administration reportedly directed national security and diplomatic officials to place sanctions on the group after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visited the White House earlier this month, officials familiar with the matter told the newspaper.
Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization would include economic and travel sanctions on companies and individuals that interact with it, although it is unclear how it would affect Americans and U.S. humanitarian organizations linked to the group.
“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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the Times.
The president of Egypt reportedly urged Trump’s predecessor to crack down on the Brotherhood, but President Obama’s administration refused, citing legal and policy concerns, according to the Times.