UPDATE: Confirmed. “‘Following Egypt’s revolution, we have broadened our engagement to include new and emerging political parties and actors,’ White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told POLITICO. ‘The meeting Tuesday with working-level NSS officials is just one in a series of meetings between US officials, members of Congress, and representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood.'” (Thanks to David.)
Whether or not they’re meeting now, clearly Obama considers their ascendancy in Egypt a positive development, and is doing nothing to stop the stealth jihad of Brotherhood-linked groups in the U.S.
“Muslim Brotherhood meets State Department officials? Maybe,” by Al Kamen in the Washington Post, April 4 (thanks to David):
In this town, reporters sometimes ask government briefers questions they can’t immediately answer. They”re often told, “I’ll get back to you on that.”
At some places, such as the Pentagon or the State Department, the briefers “” or usually the people working for them “” will indeed get back, within a few hours, via e-mail. At the White House, maybe they will, often they won’t.
But whether the response actually answers your question, well, that’s another story.
Take, for example, a question that a reporter asked State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland on Tuesday about whether department officials will be “meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood delegation that is currently in Washington?”(Some of the Egyptian delegation met Tuesday with White House officials, our colleague William Wan reported.)
Pretty straightforward, yes or no question. “We”ll get back to you,” she said.
And here’s the e-mailed response.
Answer: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is hosting a conference in Washington titled “Islamists in Power: Views from Within” on April 5.
Okay, that’s a fact. And some Brotherhood members will be there. So the answer is “yes”? Ah, not so fast.
Some of the conference participants will meet with State Department officials while in town,” the e-mail says. So the answer is surely yes? Maybe “Some of the conference participants”is some code for “Muslim Brotherhood.”…
Why not? Obama wanted Brotherhood members there when he spoke in Cairo on June 4, 2009. Why wouldn’t he want State officials to meet with them now?