WASHINGTON — Win Without War Director Stephen Miles released the following statement regarding today’s terror attack on the London Underground and Donald Trump’s response to it:
We offer our deepest, most sincere condolences and solidarity to our friends in London who were once again the victims of a brutal and cowardly terror attack. We condemn in the strongest terms those who perpetrated this crime, while also standing in admiration of the resilience Londoners continue to show in the face of these senseless acts. We, as Americans, would do well to emulate their courage and steadfastness when confronted with such violence.
At the same time, we are profoundly disappointed in and embarrassed by President Donald Trump’s knee-jerk, shameful, and troubling response to this attack. Not only did he fail to offer consolation, he instead appeared to place more blame on British authorities for failing to prevent the attack. This is not leadership. Mr. Trump’s behavior in this instance is well beneath the standard of courtesy and friendship the United States should afford to a trusted friend and ally.
Further, the President’s tweets this morning are a litany of dangerous ideas masquerading as policy. Trying to bully your way to peace by name-calling doesn’t do anything to actually keep our country safe. Doubling down on an un-American effort to ban Muslims and foreigners from our shores isn’t just immoral, it undermines the very values and freedoms that make us who we are as a nation.
We will continue to stand by our friends in the United Kingdom and around the world in our collective efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism, and we’ll continue to promote progressive, common sense, practical, and effective solutions so that everyone around the world can live in peace and security.