Sec. Kelly: Trump will 'be insistent' on funding border wall

In the wake of last week's terrorist attack in Paris, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he is not sure how to stop homegrown terrorism. I don't know how to detect that.

"But again", he said, "there are so many threats that come in from across the border". They're very sophisticated. They're very threatening.

"I believe in the case of the murder - in the Paris shooting I believe he was homegrown", Kelly continued. "And it's essential absolutely to control one's border".

For all of President Donald Trump's focus on the border and banning people from Muslim-majority countries from the United States, the administration apparently doesn't know how to deal with what Kelly said are the most common types of attacks.

Kelly also cited the U.S. Secret Service's efforts to help prevent approximately $500 million in cyber losses in 2016.

The show's presenter pressed Kelly on the issue, "If that's [homegrown terrorism] the biggest threat, and you don't know how to stop it, that seems like a big problem?".

"My organization has not targeted these so-called DREAMers, DACA, and we have many, many more important criminals to go after and get rid of, and not the DACAs", Kelly said on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, using the acronym for the Obama-era "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program.

"It's a big threat".

As Kelly noted, cooperation with the communities these individuals belong to is key to fighting the terrorist threat.

Kelly's statement came during an interview in which CNN's Dana Bash asked Kelly about a recent Los Angeles Times article which said that, in spite of $40 billion in spending by the Pentagon, missile defense systems meant to defend against a nuclear strike by North Korea or Iran failed six times out of nine in simulated attacks tested since 2004. Is it the No. 1 threat?

Kelly appealed to the public, repeating the familiar phrase, "if you see something, say something, whether you're a parent, a sibling, an imam".

"I think Mr. Trump will be dealing with this in real terms before he starts his second term", he said. And this extends white supremacists and that kind of terrorism as well. "We're looking for bad men and women and we're doing that very, very effectively".



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