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ISIS Bride Lectures Trump: ’I Have the Right to Come Back’

ISIS Bride Lectures Trump: ’I Have the Right to Come Back’

“I would tell him to study the legal system.”

Hoda Muthana, who fled the United States to join the Islamic State, insisted Sunday she has a right to return to the country with her baby boy.

“I know I am an American citizen and I know I have the right to come back,” Muthana told CBS correspondent Charlie D’agata in an interview that aired Sunday. “I have no other citizenship anywhere. Even my own home country I don’t. I have never been there. I’ve never stepped foot out of America.”

In February, President Trump directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to deny Muthana reentry into the country. Pompeo agreed, issuing a statement declaring that Muthana “is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.”

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Asked to repond to Trump, Muthana said the president should study the legal system.

“I would tell him to study the legal system because, apparently, I am. I have papers, I have citizenship. I have — my dad, my dad’s documents. It’s — it’s apparent that he stopped working with the United Nations way before I was born,” the now 24 year-old told D’agata.

However, Muthana says she turned her US Passport over to ISIS a month after leaving her home in Alabama and arriving in Syria in November 2014.

Aged 19 at the time, Muthana married an ISIS fighter and took the name Umm Jihad, or “Mother of Jihad.” While her husband was out fighting, she posted tweets praising and encouraging terrorism.

After her first and second husbands were killed, Muthana said she married a third ISIS fighter, whom she later divorced.

Since the fall of the ISIS caliphate, Muthana has been detained with her 18-month-old son in the Kurdish-controlled Al Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria.


In response to Trump’s declaration that Muthana would not be allowed to return to the United States, her father filed an emergency lawsuit asking a federal court to affirm that his daughter is a US citizen.

On Monday, a federal judge denied to expedite consideration of her case, leaving Muthana’s status in question for what is likely to be another few months.

Meanwhile, Muthana repeated to CBS her oft-made claims that she regrets her actions.

“I ruined — I ruined my life. I ruined my life,” she said. “I ruined my son’s future, but I wouldn’t have had a son if I didn’t come. That’s the only regret I don’t have.”

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Cover image: Hoda Muthana interviews with CBS. (Screen grab from Youtube)

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