Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright of the Clinton administration has chided President Donald Trump's assertion that his predecessor had done little to combat terrorism. Albright asserted that Trump was assigning blame to former President Barack Obama for every problem and recommended that he stop.
On Sept. 15, Trump took to social media to respond to an apparent terrorist attack in London. The president asserted that British authorities had not done enough to prevent the attack and called for an expansion of his travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries, NBC News reports.
"Loser terrorists must be dealt with in a much tougher manner..." Trump tweeted out, according to NBC News. "...The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific -- but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!"
An improvised explosive device had detonated in an underground subway station in London on Sept. 15, injuring at least 22 people. British authorities said none of the injuries sustained during the attack were life-threatening and that they were investigating it as an act of terrorism. The investigation is ongoing.
Trump asserted on social media that he has been more effective in rooting out the Islamic State group than Obama.
"We have made more progress in the last nine months against ISIS than the Obama administration has made in 8 years," Trump tweeted out. "Must be proactive & nasty!"
Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco of the Obama administration fired back against Trump's assertion that Obama had been soft on terrorism.
"Let us know when you kill Bin Laden," Mastromonaco tweeted in response on Sept. 15.
Later that day, Albright responded to Trump's tweets during an interview, stating that she did not believe the U.S. had noticeably changed its counter-terrorism approach after Trump assumed office on Jan. 20.
"I do think that this has been a long story," Albright told CNN. "The Obama administration worked very hard on dealing with terrorist issues. It would be really nice if President Trump actually thought about what he was doing rather than always blaming President Obama."
The former secretary of state also voiced opposition to Trump's calls for an expansion or renewal of his travel ban.
"The travel ban is actually giving a lot of solace to those who would like to say we're a terrible country," Albright said. "The strength of this country is that we respect diversity, that we understand what we stand for. And I think that the travel ban is undercutting America's reputation and our leadership status."
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