In the wake of another terror attack in London, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice has said that President Trump's proposed travel ban would likely not protect the U.S. from such threats, reports the Hill.
During an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, she said, "There is really no evidence to suggest that by banning Muslims, or banning Muslims from a particular set of six countries, that we would make ourselves here in the United States safer. And that's I believe, one of the major reasons why the courts thus far have been very skeptical of the travel ban."
Less than two weeks ago, a federal appeals court rejected the administration's revised version of the ban, with the New York Times quoting the ruling as saying that it "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."
Former Obama adviser Susan Rice
Former Obama adviser Susan Rice
National Security Advisor Susan Rice, gets ready for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, and U.S. President Barack Obama's joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC, USA. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice heads to her seat before a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to various receipients in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice visit during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew (L) and National Security Advisor Susan Rice listen as Greek and US President talk before a meeting at the Presidential Mansion on November 15, 2016 in Athens. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice (R) and former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, incoming White House national security adviser, shake hands at the U.S. Institute of Peace "2017 Passing the Baton" conference in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice (L) speaks to the media next to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest in the Brady Press Briefing Room inside the White House, in Washington, September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he meets in New York with representatives (not pictured) of the five Arab nations that contributed in air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, September 23, 2014. Representatives from Iraq were also at the meeting. Sitting next to Obama are U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd L), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (L) and U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice (R). The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)
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This verdict was the latest in a string of judicial rulings against the order.
Rice also told host George Stephanopoulos, "I think there is 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 homegrown extremists from being able to carry out attacks. We need the cooperation of our Muslim-American communities."
Since the Saturday night London attack, which is estimated to have resulted in seven deaths and dozens injured, Trump has renewed the calls for his travel order to be carried out.
Shortly after news of the attack broke, the president tweeted, "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!"
After expressing his support for the U.K. in a follow-up post, Trump wrote Sunday morning, "We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse."