Watts was quoted in an article about President Trump’s “travel ban,” and discussed its impact on counterterrorism efforts.
“Clint Watts, a former FBI counterterrorism special agent and US Army infantry officer, said, as a result of Trump’s rhetoric, the US administration will have a harder time partnering with Muslim-majority countries in the region to fight ISIS and other terror groups.
‘This isn’t an isolated policy. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Calls for bringing back torture. All of these in combination amplify the rhetoric,’ Watts said. ‘Not only are we increasing recruitment, but we’re making it harder for our partners around the world to fight with us against terrorism.'”