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Congressman Pete King Statement on Bombing in Chelsea

This Saturday night's bomb explosion on 23rd Street in Chelsea and the finding of a pressure cooker device on 27th Street demonstrate once again how dangerous our world has become. This morning I visited and examined the bomb site with the NYPD and FBI. Several preliminary observations: (1) The FBI and NYPD are conducting a totally thorough investigation. (2) The fact that there is no evidence of a specific terror threat means nothing at this time. Several days went by before terrorism was proven with the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino and Orlando attacks. (3) There must be a full investigation to determine if there is any connection between the Chelsea explosion and the very similar attack in New Jersey earlier that day. (4) If Chelsea is determined to be terrorism, this demonstrates once again the need to have advance intelligence which requires increased surveillance of communities where terror threats come from. (5) Walking the crime scene with the FBI and NYPD, I was struck by how powerful the bomb was and how much damage there was up and down 23rd Street. Thank God there were not more casualties with more severe injuries.

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Today I had the opportunity to meet with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. Vice-President-elect Mike Pence joined the meeting about halfway through. The main topics we discussed were Islamist terrorism and the recent distorted media reports regarding the disgraceful leaks about alleged Russian hacking. I emphasized the importance of the Justice Department and FBI taking aggressive action to prevent terrorist actions in our country. Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Suffolk GOP Chairman John Lavalle joined in the meeting.

After the meeting, President-elect Trump Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway said I was "a tremendous asset" during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower. Watch video of her statement here: www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/kellyanne-conway-calls-rep-pete-king-a-tremendous-asset/201...

Below is Newsday's recap of the meeting:

Peter King presses Donald Trump on Muslim surveillance

Newsday
By Emily Ngo
December 15, 2016

Rep. Peter King suggested in a meeting Thursday with President-elect Donald Trump that the federal government launch a Muslim-surveillance program similar to the one NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly started in New York City after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“The main issues I discussed were what we have to do to have the Justice Department and the FBI be more leaning-forward when it comes to investigating Islamic terrorism,” King told reporters after the meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

“I suggested a program similar to what Commissioner Kelly did here in New York, and that we can’t worry about political correctness,” King said.

King (R-Seaford), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the surveillance was “very aggressive and forward-leaning” and “very effective for stopping terrorism.”

King did not disclose Trump’s reaction to his suggestion.

A report earlier this year by the inspector general for the NYPD found the police broke intelligence-gathering rules in the practice. The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have filed a legal challenge calling the surveillance of Muslims discriminatory and unjustified.

King and Trump met for about 45 minutes. They were joined by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Suffolk County Republican chairman John Jay LaValle and Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, the congressman’s daughter.

King said he was not meeting with the president-elect about employment in the administration.

LaValle also said he did not discuss a position in the meeting with Trump.

“National security and international security are the No. 1 issues this country faces right now,” LaValle said of the focus of the discussion.

King said Trump was also interested in Long Island politics.

“He wanted to know every block and every corner of my district and how they voted, who voted for him and who didn’t, how I did and how he did,” King said.

King and LaValle were early campaign surrogates for Trump, appearing for him at fundraisers and in national television interviews.

www.newsday.com/news/nation/peter-king-presses-donald-trump-on-muslim-surveillance-1.12761336

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