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A Bannon ally is the latest contentious hire at USAID

Posted On: Jul 10, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

A Bannon ally is the latest contentious hire at USAID

A former Breitbart writer and Steve Bannon ally is joining the U.S. Agency for International Development, a few years after her departure from the White House.
Tera Dahl, who briefly served as the deputy chief of staff at the White House-based National Security Council in 2017, is the latest in a string of hires that have alarmed career employees at USAID. She's being given the title of senior adviser at USAID, an agency spokesperson confirmed.
Like some other new political appointees at the aid agency, Dahl has a history of sharp commentary on Islam. She has disavowed efforts to de-link the concept of terrorism from the religion, in ways that Muslim advocacy groups view as discriminatory.
She also has described the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group linked to al Qaeda - a characterization many Middle East experts disagree with - and written favorably of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt's military dictator. In 2013, Sisi presided over a bloody crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood members that left more than...

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