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."
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."