Belgium had warnings that an attack like the ones carried out at a Brussels airport and subway station in March could happen, but didn't take appropriate action, says Rep. Pete King, former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
"They were just not equipped for this; they were not ready. They had warnings that an attack like this could happen," King said Sunday on "The Cats Roundtable"
on AM 970 in New York. "It looks as if Brussels was totally unprepared."
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King told host John Catsimatidis that in the years after the 9/11 attacks, European officials "had a very smug attitude ... that Americans always overreacted to [terrorism]."
The Brussels attacks should be a wake-up call to Europeans to be much more alert, King said. "They have to realize the terrorist is in the house."
King was also critical of President Barack Obama for his plan to allow 100,000 Syrian refugees into the United States.
"There is no way that we can be assured that the refugees coming from Syria ... are not ISIS [Islamic State] terrorists," King said.
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