The most transparent White House ever held a closed-door meeting with so-called “Muslim leaders” Wednesday, but for some mysterious reason won’t divulge the identity of them. Why is that?
President Obama discussed efforts to counter extremism and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a meeting Wednesday with Muslim-American leaders at the White House.
The president stressed the need to continue countering ISIS “and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” according to a statement from the White House.
He also encouraged the Muslim-American leaders “to remain civically engaged in their communities.”
The administration has launched a series of pilot programs in cities with large Muslim populations in a bid to thwart homegrown extremists. The White House is particularly concerned about the possibility of radicalized individuals traveling to the Middle East for training with ISIS or similar terror groups, and then returning home to carry out attacks.
How can we believe they’re “Muslim leaders” if we can’t identify them?
President Obama met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon, according to the White House schedule, but so far the administration is unwilling to reveal who attended the meeting, which was closed to the press.
The White House released a readout of the meeting explaining that Obama discussed “a range of domestic and foreign policy issues” including Obamacare, police fairness, anti-Muslim discrimination, and the upcoming Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.
“The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” the readout continued.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the meeting during his daily press briefing, pointing out that it wasn’t “unusual” for the president to meet with “a wide variety of communities from across the country.”
“Sometimes that includes religious leaders; sometimes that includes leaders that are involved in academia or other specific issue areas,” he explained.
But the White House was unwilling to release the names of leaders who attended the meeting.
We wonder what the media’s reaction would be if a Republican president met with, say, un-named “Christian leaders”?