by James Barrett, The Daily Wire
The Trump administration is now the first US administration to label a white supremacist group a terrorist organization. The move, The New York Times notes, “could cut against criticism that the Trump administration has played down the threat of white nationalist violence for political reasons.” The group also happens to be pro-Russia.
The State Department’s counter-terrorism coordinator, Ambassador Nathan Sales, underscored in a statement to the Times recently that by naming a white nationalist group a “specially designated global terrorist organization,” the Trump administration is doing something “unprecedented.”
“These designations are unprecedented,” said Sales, as reported by the Times Monday. “This is the first time the United States has ever designated white supremacists as terrorists, and this illustrates how seriously this administration takes the white supremacist terrorist threat. We are doing things no previous administration has done to counter this threat.”
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