According to Reuters, the Trump administration is pushing to reshape a government program aimed at combating extremist ideologies so they can focus solely on countering Islamist extremists.
The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
The program currently uses measures such as social media campaigns and community partnerships to counter extremism in U.S. communities. It is not part of a separate military effort to counter extremists online.
Some Republican lawmakers have criticized the program as ineffective, and Trump has long promised to get tough on “radical Islamic terror.”
But critics of Trump’s rhetoric say it will only foster more anti-U.S. sentiment and extremism and give terror organizations recruiting tools.
“That is concerning for us because they are targeting a faith group and casting it under a net of suspicion,” Hoda Hawa, the director of policy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told Reuters.
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