February 27, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Washington: In a bold act sending strong message to the US president Donald J Trump Rumana Ahmed a women of Bangladeshi-origin has quit her job as White House staffer within 8 days of being hired for the job. She stated that the reason for her resign is the recently announced controversial travel ban, by the Trump administration.
Rumana Ahmed was hired in 2011 to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council (NSC).
“My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for. I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman I was the only hijabi in the West Wing and the Obama administration always made me feel welcome and included,” she was quoted by the Times of India (TOI) from the article she wrote in the local media.
She further said that like most of her fellow American-Muslims, she spent much of 2016 watching with “consternation” as Trump “vilified our community”.
“Despite this or because of it I thought I should try to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, in order to give the new president and his aides a more nuanced view of Islam, and of America’s Muslim citizens.
“I lasted eight days. When Trump issued a ban on travellers 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 added to her statement.
Rumana Ahmed added that the evening before she left her job at the White House, she notified Trump’s senior National Security Council (NSC) communications adviser, Michael Anton, of her decision.
“His initial surprise, asking whether I was leaving government entirely, was followed by silence — almost in caution, not asking why. I told him anyway,”
Furthermore, she stated that “I told him I had to leave because it was an insult walking into this country’s most historic building every day under an administration that is working against and vilifying everything I stand for as an American and as a Muslim.”