President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he had enjoined the state department to not allow the return of an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State terrorist group in 2014, a few days after this woman made a public call to be sent back to the United States.
"I have tasked the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees not to allow Hoda Muthana to return to the country!" Said the President tweeted.
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Muthana joined ISIS in Syria at the age of 19 and became a wife of three fighters. She then called for the assassination of Americans on Twitter.
Over the past few days, however, Muthana, who is now 24, said she regretted her actions and wished to return to the United States, the statement said. The Guardian. She is currently being held in a Kurdish refugee camp.
Pompeo said Wednesday that Muthana was not an American citizen and had no "legal basis" to bring back to the United States.
"Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted to the United States," he said in a statement issued before Trump's Twitter message appeared. legal, no valid US passport, no passport, no visa to travel to the US We continue to urge all US citizens not to visit Syria. "
The State Department did not immediately respond to questions about Muthana's citizenship status and asked if Pompeo's statement was a response to a request from Trump.
Hassan Shibly, Muthana's family representative, disputed the Secretary of State's claim, saying that Muthana was born in New Jersey in 1994.
"The Trump administration continues its attempts to strip citizens of their citizenship," Shibly tweeted. "Hoda Muthana had a valid US passport and is a citizen. She was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in October 1994, a few months after her father ceased to be a diplomat. "
Shibly then tweeted an act that appeared to be Muthana's birth certificate, adding that she was born "several months after her father informed the US government that it was no longer a diplomat".
It is not known if Muthana is an American citizen, because the children of diplomats in the United States are not entitled to citizenship.
Nahal Toosi contributed to this report.