Former Bush CIA Director: Trump Executive Order ‘Inarguably Has Made Us Less Safe’


National security experts, including the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President George W. Bush, criticized Donald Trump‘s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim countries as damaging to the security of the United States.

“We’ve got good people who will work hard at it, but there is no question that this has already created an irretrievable cost,” Michael Hayden told The Washington Post Sunday.

The executive order, he said, has “inarguably has made us less safe. It has taken draconian measures against a threat that was hyped. The byproduct is it feeds the Islamic militant narrative and makes it harder for our allies to side with us.”

Hayden did not support Trump during the 2016 election and has leveled similar charges before. “The jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world so when Trump says they all hate us, he’s using their narrative… he’s feeding their recruitment video,” he said last May.

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