A Muslim-American national security staffer resigned after eight days working in the Trump administration, complaining that it was an “insult” to work under the U.S. President. Rumana Ahmed quit to much fanfare (of course). For all her complaining, Rumana Ahmed was not fired or let go when President Trump took office. On the contrary, the devout Muslim kept her position. which says more about President Trump than it does about her. Rumana Ahmed wasn’t abused, harassed, insulted or anything of the kind. No, Ahmed quit when the President issued a ban on travelers from seven terror-riddled countries. She said could no longer stay and “work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat.” Why? Her country of origin, Bangladesh, was not on the restricted list. If Ahmed is unconcerned with our national security, why should she work as a national security staffer?
Rumana Ahmed was hired to a job at the White House straight out of college under President Obama. What were her qualifications for so critical a position?
Her resignation is huge news in the enemedia. They eat this propaganda up. I look forward to the day when not all news reports concerning Muslims is either jihad-terror or whining about “islamophobia.”
Muslim national security staffer quit after just eight days in Trump’s White House claiming it was an ‘insult’ to work under the president
- Rumana Ahmed was hired at the National Security Council under Obama
- She is a Muslim-American whose parents emigrated to the US in 1978
- Ahmed decided to quit after Trump issued a ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries
By Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com, 26 February 2017:
A Muslim-American national security staffer resigned after eight days working in the Trump administration, saying that it was ‘an insult’ to work under the current president.
Rumana Ahmed is a Muslim and an American citizen whose family moved to Maryland from Bangladesh.
She was hired to a job at the White House straight out of college while Obama was still president.
When Trump was elected, she optimistically tried to stay on at the National Security Council, but after eight days realized that she could not continue to work there.
Ahmed, who penned an editorial piece about her experience in the Atlantic, said that as a Muslim woman, when the President issued a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, she knew she could no longer stay and ‘work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat’.
After he took office, Ahmed describes that she quickly became uncomfortable going to work.
‘I got both of those looks of “oh my God, like, are you OK, you know, is this, you know, I’m surprised you’re still here”‘ Ahmed Said in an interview with CBS.
‘But then you had others who were just very cold and just kind of ignored the fact that I was even there’.
She explained that she hoped to change minds of those new people she would be working with in Washington, though she was offended by the President’s rhetoric while he was campaigning.
However, on changing minds in Trump’s White House, she said: ‘There was no opportunity to interact with anybody.’
Ahmed also said that she believes she and other staffers were often cut out of the policy-making process in the early days, finding out about things as they happened on the news instead of as they happened in the office.
In her piece for the Atlantic, she describes the day that she decided to quit.
She said: ‘The evening before I left, bidding farewell to some of my colleagues, many of whom have also since left, I notified Trump’s senior NSC communications adviser, Michael Anton, of my departure, since we shared an office.’
It later came out that Michael Anton authored an essay under a pseudonym in which he praises authoritarianism and attacks diversity as a ‘weakness’, and Islam as ‘incompatible with the modern West,’ so it comes as no surprise that he did not ask her why she was leaving.
Michael Anton authored an essay under a pseudonym in which he praises authoritarianism and attacks diversity as a ‘weakness’, and Islam as ‘incompatible with the modern West’
However, as she describes, she told him anyways.
‘I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim,’ she wrote.
‘I told him that the administration was attacking the basic tenets of democracy.
‘I told him that I hoped that they and those in Congress were prepared to take responsibility for all the consequences that would attend their decisions,’ Ahmed continued.
She said that he looked at her but said nothing.
Ahmed’s parents moved to the United States from Bangladesh in 1978. Her mother worked as a cashier before starting a daycare business, and her father worked at Bank of America, eventually being promoted to Assistant Vice President at one of the headquarters.
She said that she was 12 when she started wearing a hijab, and that it was encouraged, but also her choice.
Ahmed wrote that while she never saw herself going into Government, she was inspired by President Obama.
White House officials have not said much about Ahmed’s comments, except that they wish her well.