President Barack Obama says the U.S. economy is “far bigger” than terrorism and the threat of terrorism.
He said Wednesday that while he was “sorry” about the death of four people at the Boston Marathon bombings, he believes the threat is not a greater threat to the U!e.
than the threat posed by terrorism.
“What I said is that I think terrorism is a threat that we should be dealing with, but we should not take it lightly,” he said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show.
“And we should deal with it responsibly and without fear.”
He also noted that the threat from terrorist attacks remains high and has been for years.
“We have the greatest terrorists in the world, not just in the United States, but in Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa, as well,” he added.
“But the threat has changed.
And I think the economy is more important than the risk posed by terrorists.”
Obama said he hopes to meet with the families of the victims of the Boston bombings in the coming days.
The president said his administration is working with the FBI and Congress to improve the nation’s ability to track terrorist activity.
He also called on Congress to create a new federal counterterrorism fund, which he said would have “the greatest power” to identify and target terrorists.
Obama said the fund should be available to law enforcement and intelligence agencies and to other federal agencies.
“This is going to take a long time.
But the more we do it, the less we will be able to hide it,” he told “Today.”
“We can’t have the economy as a hostage to terrorism.
It’s a bigger threat than the terror threat itself.
And the more that we work together to do that, the better off we’re going to be.”
I believe in freedom and liberty, and I believe that this country can be a better place.” “
I believe in this country.
I believe in freedom and liberty, and I believe that this country can be a better place.”
The president is on a visit to China, Japan, Japan and Germany, where he will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He will also hold a rally in Berlin for his re-election campaign and meet with German lawmakers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.