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Trump Was Warned To Not Say "Radical Islamic Terrorism" by National Security Advisor

Should Trump have used the term Radical Islamic Terrorism?

In his first address to Congress last night, President Trump said we are taking strong measures to “protect our Nation from Radical Islamic Terrorism.”

The President used the term “Radical Islamic Terrorism,” despite reports last week that Trump’s National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster warned the President during a meeting of the National Security Council that using that term does not help the US defeat terrorists.

National security expert Juliette Kayyem joined Boston Public Radio Wednesday to discuss Trump’s address to congress and his use of the term “Radical Islamic Terrorism.”

“Using the term Radical Islamic Terrorism is unhelpful. I think that is a very good way to put it. It is not that it is false, right, because you can make an argument that that is what aligns this particular threat. It is just that it is unhelpful given the kind of war we are fighting and the fact that the Unites States does not want to be perceived as launching a religious war,” said Kayyem.

Listen to the rest of our interview with national security expert Juliette Kayyem above.

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