President Donald Trump highlighted Friday’s attempted “radical Islamic” terror attack in Paris, warning Americans to bolster U.S. counter-terrorism policy.
Trump’s warning comes a week after he signed his controversial travel suspension from terror-rife countries and indefinite pause on the Syrian refugee program.
Trump’s executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prepare “extreme vetting” procedures for travelers from seven terror-prone countries after a period of 90 days. The DHS similarly has 120 days to strengthen security procedures for refugees who are not from Syria.
The attempted attack in France occurred when a man rushed towards soldiers with a machete, before being shot in the abdomen. Reports indicate he survived the shooting and is receiving medical treatment. French officials called the incident “terrorist in nature” and confirmed that the assailant shouted “Allahu akbar” in the course of the attack.
France has been beset by frequent terrorist attacks since January 2015. The attacks range from deranged men with knives, to the November 2015 Paris attacks that killed more than 150. A total of 230 people have been killed in France from Islamic terror attacks since 2015.
National security will likely play a central role in the upcoming French presidential elections in April. Incumbent French President Francois Hollande holds an approval rating in the single digits, in large part to his handling of the terror crisis.
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