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Albright: Trump Travel Ban 'Gives Solace' to Nation's Adversaries

(CNN's "New Day")

By    |   Friday, 15 September 2017 09:27 AM

President Donald Trump's travel ban "gives solace" to those who say the United States is a "terrible country," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Friday, while decrying his tweet calling for the ban to be "far larger, tougher, and more specific."

"I think he is completely wrong," Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton," told CNN's "New Day" program. "It does, in fact, give examples and makes everything be Muslim . . . the strength of this country is we respect diversity, that we understand what we stand for."

Albright pointed to her brooch, noting that she wore her Statue of Liberty "on purpose."

"I'm opposed to the travel ban," she said. "The travel ban is something that undercutting America's reputation and our leadership status."

Albright said she also believes the ban will affect how Trump will be received next week at the United Nations, where he plans to speak.

Trump posted his tweet following reports that several people were injured at a London underground station in a blast on a packed rush-hour commuter train. Police are treating the explosion as a terrorist incident.

"I think obviously the British have had a terrible time," Albright said. "The police and the people that do investigations, how hard they work. This is very bad. And I feel so awful for all the people that live in London and what's happened."

Such attacks, she added, are part of "the world we're living in."

Albright said it will require cooperation to fight against incidents, but also "frankly not so much looking at them and giving [terrorists] a lot of credit for doing something. They live off of being on the news and creating havoc. We can't give them the gratification they get because it dismantled us."

The former secretary of state also said she disagrees with Trump's contention, in another early morning tweet, that his administration has "made more progress in the last nine months than Obama administration in the last eight years."

"I think this has been a long story," Albright said. "The Obama administration worked very hard on dealing with the terrorist issues. It would be really nice if President Trump thought about what he was doing, rather than always blaming President [Barack] Obama."

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President Donald Trump's travel ban "gives solace" to those who say the United States is a "terrible country," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Friday, while decrying his tweet calling for the ban to be "far larger, tougher, and more specific."
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