Walsh Calls on President to distance himself from Muslim Brotherhood
Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has called on President Barack Obama to "distance himself from Muslim Brotherhood."
The meeting comes following Obama's Thursday visit with the Egypt political group that assumed power last year.
"I call on the President not to meet with or recognize groups that do not respect women's rights and basic freedoms," Walsh, of McHenry, says in a statement.
Walsh, who took a stand against contraceptive mandates and was ripped by Democrats for his statement that the issue was "not about women, not about contraceptives" but "about religious freedom, " says the Brotherhood had one of the worst women's rights records in the Middle East.
"It's disappointing that an Administration - which continues to use inflammatory rhetoric against Republicans by using terms such as 'War on Women' - would meet with the Muslim Brotherhood," Walsh writes. "This is a group that would be happy to see women's rights returned to the Stone Age. The President is sending an unclear message. Just this week he felt the need to speak out against women not being admitted into Augusta National, but a day later is meeting with a group that discriminates against women. Which is it?"