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HuffPost Politics: June 5th, 2017

HuffPost Politics: Trump doubles down on nonsensical attack

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President Donald Trump‘s response to the London attack has left terrorism experts perplexed and worried.

He accused London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan of downplaying the threat, using an out-of-context snippet of Khan’s remarks. In a series of four tweets, he used the London tragedy to tout his executive order banning travel from some predominately Muslim countries, which is pending Supreme Court review after several courts ruled it’s likely unconstitutional. He made an unclear point about the absence of a gun debate after an attack in which the perpetrators used knives and a truck. And he insisted that people should be alarmed.

What troubled counterterrorism experts is that Trump’s approach as president hasn’t evolved. The patented alarmist response to terrorism attacks that he deployed in the election may have had political benefits to his campaign. But these experts view them as largely counterproductive to the goal of limiting the effectiveness of terrorist attacks.

“Terrorism only works if people are terrified,” said Clint Watts, a former FBI special agent. “And it seems like Trump’s comments, above all, seek to terrify.”

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

Few Americans support Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change. Just 28 percent of Americans approve of the decision to leave the agreement, while 47 percent disapprove. About a quarter aren’t sure.

The president is still pushing his travel ban, potentially harming his legal case. Trump’s statements about the ban have already been used against him in court.

He also doubled down on a nonsensical attack on London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. The mayor’s response? “He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police – including armed officers – on the streets.”

 

 

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