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Cardin to Mattis: President Trump’s Muslim Ban Degrades Our Ability to Defeat ISIS, Undermines Our National Security

February 3rd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

As Secretary of Defense James Mattis begins a 30-day, government-wide review of the United States’ existing strategy to defeat ISIS, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) pressed him to assess the impact of President Trump’s Muslim ban on the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS and our broader national security interests.  Prior to this executive order, the sixty-six nation coalition dedicated to defeating ISIS had been making progress.  But ISIS supporters have applauded the ban because it appears to validate their claim that they are at war with a hostile, anti-Muslim West, damaging our nation’s credibility and impacting U.S. military personnel around the world.

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