Washington, February 27 : In a series of consequences of the controversial travel ban decision by US President Donald Trump, a MuslimWhite House staffer of Bangladeshi-origin resigned from her job, which makes her last in the new administration for mere eight days.
Rumana Ahmed was hired in 2011 straight out of her college to work in the White House and eventually in the National Security Council. She mentions that “when Trump issued a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat.”
She writes in The Atlantic mentioning her shock over Trump’s election, and observing the vilification of Muslim community by Trump with consternation. “The days I spent in the Trump White House were strange, appalling and disturbing,” she writes.
“This was not typical Republican leadership, or even that of a businessman. It was a chaotic attempt at authoritarianism––legally questionable executive orders, accusations of the press being ‘fake’, peddling countless lies as ‘alternative facts’ and assertions by White House surrogates that the President’s national security authority would “not be questioned,” Rumana mentions in her letter.
Ahmed, whose parents migrated to the US from Bangladesh in 1978, said she never intended to work in the government. However, inspired by former President Obama, she joined the White House in 2011.
The resignation of Ahmed comes amidst rising intolerance in the States against the Muslim community, and incidences of assaults and intimidation against hijab-wearing women following Trump’s win.