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Rice Says No Evidence Trump Travel Ban Would Make U.S. Safer


The following is an excerpt from Mark Niquette and Ben Brody | June 4, 2017 | Bloomberg.com |

There’s no evidence President Donald Trump’s travel ban, struck down in the courts and awaiting Supreme Court review, would make the U.S. safer from the kinds of attacks carried out in London overnight, his predecessor’s national security adviser said.

“There’s a very real risk that by stigmatizing and isolating Muslims from particular countries, and Muslims in general, that we alienate the very communities here in the United States whose cooperation we most need to detect and prevent these home-grown extremists from being able to carry out attacks,’’ Susan Rice said on ABC’s “This Week’’ on Sunday.

Trump responded quickly to Saturday night’s terror attack in London with a Twitter message arguing for U.S. courts to reinstate his executive order on travel to the U.S. by people from six predominantly Muslim countries.

“We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety,’’ Trump tweeted. He followed up on Sunday saying “we must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security.”

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