U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended Thursday that an American-born woman who defected to the Islamic State terrorist group is not a U.S. citizen and should not be allowed to return home from Syria because her father was a Yemeni diplomat.
President Donald Trump said he ordered Pompeo to not let the woman, Hoda Muthana, return to the U.S., even though her lawyer says she is willing to face U.S. prosecution for willingly going to Syria and using social media to praise the killings of Westerners.
"She may have been born here," Pompeo told NBC's "Today" show. "She is not a U.S. citizen, nor is she entitled to U.S. citizenship."
He contended that the 24-year-old woman, now with a child born in a relationship with one of her three jihadist husbands, is not an American citizen because of her father's diplomatic status.
But Muthana's lawyer is telling U.S. news outlets that the father had ended his diplomatic service "months and months" before his daughter was born in the eastern U.S. state of New Jersey in 1994, thus making her an American citizen.
Source : VOA