Former CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s proposed order temporarily banning travel from several predominantly Muslim countries is not going to help fight terrorism in “any significant way.”
“I don’t think the travel ban is going to help in any significant way,” Brennan told CBS’ John Dickerson on “Face the Nation.”
Brennan suggested that it’s more important to focus on terrorist recruitment activity online. “What they need to do is to, again, take into account all the various means that terrorist groups use to try to carry out attacks here in the homeland,” he said. “And the cyber domain is the area where most of the terrorist groups now are operating in a very freewheeling fashion.”
“It may sound good to have a ban against individuals coming from certain countries, but you really need to take a look at what is truly going to mitigate the nature and the scope of the terrorist threat that we face,” he added.
Trump has said he’s preparing a new version of his travel ban, which he initially signed weeks ago. It was quickly halted in the courts in the midst of an uproar from people across the country. The White House insists that the ban is necessary to fight terrorism, but critics charge that it amounts to a clumsy ban targeting Muslim immigration.