White House Avoids Question on Biden Removing Terrorist Designation from Iran Proxy Group

(ConservativeSense.com) – When questioned on December 7 about President Biden’s decision to de-list the Houthis in Yemen, who are supported by Iran, as a terrorist organization, John Kirby, the spokesman for the National Security Council, avoided answering.

A number of Republicans who have spoken out against the president in Congress have asked Biden’s administration to think about reclassifying the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). One of Trump’s last actions as president was to designate the group, but Biden’s first order of business after becoming president was to undo that decision.

Jacqui Heinrich, a news reporter, posed the question of undoing the listing at the regular press briefing at the White House. Heinrich asked Kirby about Biden’s opinion on whether the Houthis are an FTO, and if the decision is being reconsidered. Kirby responded by saying they would review the judgment, although he did not specify when this review would take place.

When asked why the administration rescinded the designation, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was because of fears it may severely limit the ability of the Yemenis to get food and gasoline. Nonetheless, Iranian proxy organizations (like the Houthis) have been harassing Israeli and American personnel deployed in the Middle East throughout the Israel-Hamas conflict, beginning on October 7.

Senator Steve Dains (R-MT) and other Republicans submitted a bill in early November that would compel Biden’s administration to reclassify the Houthis under a terrorist group classification. The U.S. would be able to undermine the group’s financial support networks and implement other penalties under the “Standing Against Houthi Aggression Act.”

Attacks on U.S. soldiers prompted the initial designation. Houthi forces in Yemen, who are aligned with Iran, were launching missiles against commercial ships and, maybe, US Navy warships. The USS Carney was sent in response to a barrage of Houthi strikes, as reported by US Central Command.

At least seventy-five attacks against U.S. soldiers in the region have occurred since last month. Attacks against U.S. warships at sea are not included in this figure, according to the Pentagon.

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