WASHINGTON (RNS) — President Joe Biden has appointed Mazen Basrawi as a senior adviser and White House liaison to American Muslim communities, making good on a campaign promise to fill a slot eliminated by former President Donald Trump, according to a spokesperson for the National Security Council, where Basrawi currently serves.Multiple Muslim groups have publicly hailed Basrawi’s expected appointment in recent weeks.
“With his extensive background in civil rights and advocacy, this is a great step forward in the push for Muslim representation and inclusion, and we are excited to see what Basrawi brings to this role,” read a statement from the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which broke the news of Basrawi’s appointment at the end of last month.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations also praised the appointment, with Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the group’s deputy director, saying in a statement that he hoped Basrawi would work to address issues such as “institutional Islamophobia within federal law enforcement programs, the threat of hate crimes, and protecting religious freedom.”
Spokespeople for the White House press office and the NSC confirmed the appointment to Religion News Service this week.
Trump had changed or eliminated many of the faith-related positions created by earlier presidents, especially those instituted by former President Barack Obama.
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