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Congressman Pete King Statement on Orlando Attack

Today's vicious Islamist terrorist attack by Omar Mateen in Orlando, Florida is the most deadly terrorist shooting atrocity ever carried out on American soil. This attack is a vivid reminder that Islamist terrorists are a continuing threat to Americans overseas and right here at home. In fact the Islamist threat to the United States is greater than at any time since 9/11. While all the facts are not known, we do know this was an ISIS connected attack. The war against ISIS must be thorough and it will be long. It will not be won by sound bites, apologies or political correctness. All steps must be taken including surveillance and intelligence gathering in this country. Our leaders should never back down or be intimidated by the likes of leftwing editors at the New York Times or liberal ideologues from the ACLU. I assure you, I will keep up the fight.

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Yesterday I had the great opportunity to be in the House chamber when French President Emmanuel Macron made his historic address to a Joint Session of Congress. I was also able to speak briefly with President Macron on the House floor just after his speech and thank him for standing with America in the war against terrorism and for forging such a close working relationship with President Trump.

France is our oldest ally, standing with us in our Revolutionary War against the British. While we stood with the French in World War I and World War II, our relationship with France has not always been a smooth one. (Charles DeGaulle and Jacques Chirac were two of the French leaders with whom we had differences.)

Elected last year in an upset victory, the 40 year old Macron was generally expected to be the European anti-Trump. Instead he and President Trump have formed a strong personal friendship and solid working relationship. They stand as one in their belief that Islamist terrorism must be crushed and that Iran can never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

On the subject of Iran, while President Trump believes we should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal reached with the Obama Administration, Macron believes we can achieve the same goal of a non-nuclear Iran through other means. President Trump has said he will consider Macron's proposals. Whether they end up agreeing on the specifics, the fact that these two world leaders can work together is a tribute to them and a strong measure of their joint commitment to the democratic values which underly our two nations. It also sends a strong signal to our enemies -- including ISIS, Islamist terrorism and Assad's Syria.

Viva la France! God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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