White House adds Uighur American to security council: report

White House adds Uighur American to security council: report

The Trump administration has reportedly made a Uighur American academic the National Security Council's director for China as China cracks down on members of the minority group. 

Elnigar Iltebir, who was educated at the Harvard Kennedy School and is the daughter of a prominent Uighur journalist, was recently given the White House position, current and former officials told Foreign Policy

She will reportedly help with the administration's China policy, including working on trade, military and human rights issues. 


The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

China has been accused of committing a cultural genocide against Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim, in the Xinjiang region where Iltebir’s family is from, Foreign Policy reported. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, China's government has detained more than a million Muslims, most of whom are Uighur, in reeducation camps.

The administration has condemned Beijing's treatment of Uighurs. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze Pompeo formally rejects Beijing's claims in South China Sea Wells Fargo told employees to delete TikTok from work phones MORE last month called the group's treatment the “stain of the century.”

The U.S. is also in an escalating trade war with China in which the administration has imposed a 25 percent tariff on $250 billion in Chinese goods.