On February 23rd, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly posted onto Facebook a New York Times puff piece written by former Muslim Brotherhood media spokesman Gehad el-Haddad, who is currently serving a life prison sentence in Egypt for inciting murder. The piece is titled 'I Am a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Not a Terrorist.' In it, El-Haddad states that he wrote the piece due to "an inquiry... underway in the United States regarding charges that the Muslim Brotherhood... is a terrorist group." El-Haddad's concern about labeling the Brotherhood a terror group is shared by Shibly, as Shibly's own group becomes part of the conversation.
In November 2015, Ted Cruz and Mario Diaz-Balart introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2015, respectively in the US Senate (S.2230) and the US House of Representatives (H.R.3892). It has been a matter of speculation as to whether President Donald Trump will get behind this effort. Further speculation has revolved around including certain Islamist groups and entities who have their roots in the Muslim Brotherhood.