Rice: Trump-proposed travel ban would make terrorism worse
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.