Rice: Trump-pro­posed travel ban would make ter­ror­ism worse

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — S.A. Miller

For­mer U.N. Am­bas­sador Su­san Rice said Sun­day there are no easy ways to stop home­grown ter­ror­ists and Pres­i­dent Trump’s pro­posed travel ban tar­get­ing Mus­lims is coun­ter­pro­duc­tive.

“We need to rec­og­nize that there will be home­grown ex­trem­ists in all of our coun­tries and there is no easy way to pre­dict and de­feat ev­ery sin­gle one of them,” Ms. Rice said on ABC’s “This Week” in re­sponse to the deadly ter­ror­ist at­tack Satur­day night in Lon­don.

Ms. Rice, who also served as Pres­i­dent Obama’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, said that to pro­tect Amer­i­cans from such at­tacks, which ap­peared to be car­ried out by rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ists, the U.S. must “strengthen our in­tel­li­gence, our law en­force­ment, and work to­gether with crit­i­cal part­ners like the United King­dom.”

She said Mr. Trump’s pro­posed travel ban is likely to back­fire by spurring ex­trem­ism in Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties.

“We need the co­op­er­a­tion of our Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties. We need the co­op­er­a­tion of all Amer­i­cans. They need to feel that they are val­ued and part of this chal­lenge that we face to­gether as na­tion. And by stig­ma­tiz­ing a sub­set of our­selves, or a sub­set even or for­eign­ers, we make that much more dif­fi­cult. It’s coun­ter­pro­duc­tive,” Ms. Rice said.

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