The Washington Times reports that a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood was hosted at the White House for a meeting with Obama, prompting an outcry from critics of the global Islamist organization. The Obama administration has been criticized for its outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood, the international Islamist organization whose members’ brief reign in Egypt was supported by the White House.
Anas Altikriti, a top British lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood whose father heads Iraq’s Muslim Brotherhood party, met with Obama and Joe Biden as part of a delegation discussing problems in Iraq. Altikriti has been directly tied to Hamas and can be seen smiling in photos published by the White House as he stands next to Iraqi Parliament Speaker Usama al-Nujaifi. Nujaifi himself was reported to have met twice with Obama, though it remains unclear if Altikriti accompanied him on both occasions. Altikriti has been called the “key political lobbyist for the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain.”
A White House spokesman confirmed that Altikriti was brought to the meeting to serve as a translator for al-Nujaifi. The meeting focused on ways the United States can help local Iraqi leaders combat al Qaeda. Others in attendance at the meeting included “Puneet Talwar, senior director for Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf at the [National Security Council], Philip Gordon, special assistant to the president and White House director for the Middle East, Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran, and Andrew Kim, director for Iraq,” according to the White House pool report filed on that day.