Homeland Security Secretary, and retired general John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would “never leave the house” if they knew the truth.
“I was telling [Fox host] Steve [Doocy] on the way in here, if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning,” Kelly said on “Fox & Friends.”
kelly noted there were four major terror attacks in the last week — in England, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia — “by generally the same groups.”
“It’s everywhere. It’s constant. It’s nonstop. The good news for us in America is we have amazing people protecting us every day. But it can happen here almost anytime.”
Masked gunmen opened fire on a group of Coptic Christians driving to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 26 and injuring 25 more.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reportedly called an emergency meeting right after the attack in Minya Province.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for a Monday bombing after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that killed 22 and injured more than 100.
Kelly Responds To Obama’s Statement That ‘We Are Hiding Behind A Wall’
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended the Trump administration’s plan for a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, while rejecting a claim made by former President Barack Obama.
“We’re not hiding behind a wall. We’re constructing a physical barrier backed up by technology and, of course, the great men and women of the Customs and Border Protection to simply safeguard our southern border,” Kelly told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” program on Friday.
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Kelly was responding to a Thursday statement by former president Obama, where he said, “In this new world that we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall.”
During an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Friday, Kelly was asked about whether the U.S. should anticipate an attack like what happened in Manchester.
“The reality is they’re attempting everything all the time,” Kelly told host Charlie Rose. “The very, very good news, is that we have tremendous professionals fighting the away game for us.”
Information from ordinary Americans is vital, Kelly continued, and “every citizen, in my view, is an intelligence collector, not in the sense of watching people too closely. But if you see something, say something.”