Acting DHS secretary says domestic terrorism is a great threat than international terrorism pic.twitter.com/nPTeEtKjsA
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Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan stated that domestic terrorism is “absolutely” a bigger threat than international terrorism on Sunday.
“Is it fair to say that you want to change the priority–that your priority needs to be domestic terrorism?” NBC host Todd asked during an interview with McAleen. “Is that a greater threat, right now, than international terrorism?”
“Absolutely,” the acting DHS secretary replied, adding that the DHS “has to balance threats.”
McAleenan said that his department’s emphasis is providing support for “prevention, awareness, and response capability” regarding domestic terrorism on a local and state level.
Though CNN reported last week that the White House had been rejecting the DHS’ attempts to prioritize domestic terrorism for over a year, McAleenan told Todd on Sunday that he’s “getting all the support I’m asking for.”
President Donald Trump has downplayed the rise of white nationalism, claiming it’s only “a small group of people.”
I would like to accept this guy’s word that DHS is focusing on white nationalist domestic terrorism, but I have to admit that I am skeptical.
We have read report after report saying that the White House is resistant to supporting efforts to go after white nationalists and I have seen no visible signs that anything has changed.
So either things are changing like McAleenan says, or he is out of the loop and will never be the official Secretary of Homeland Security.