TRUMP TO REMOVE RIGHT-WING TERRORISM AS FOCUS OF U.S. COUNTER-EXTREMISM PROGRAM

Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly pushing to erase neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the US government’s counter-extremism program by moving it to focus exclusively on Islamist terrorism.

American officials briefed on the proposed changes told Reuters the Countering Violent Extremism (DVE) initiative could be renamed to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”.

The reclassification would remove its work combating far-right attacks and mass shootings, such as the massacre of black churchgoers in Charleston, which are rarely classified as terrorismby American authorities.

“Violent extremist threats come from a range of groups and individuals, including domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists in the United States, as well as international terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and Isil (Isis),” reads the current description of CVE on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website.

But Mr. Trump’s rhetoric has focused exclusively on the dangers of “radical Islam”, seeing him criticize Barack Obama for being “weak” on Isis.

The position sparked his executive order suspending the US refugee program and immigration from seven predominantly Muslim “countries of concern”.

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