Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said on Sunday there will likely be more attacks like the one at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub that left 50 people dead and more than 50 injured.
“There’s just within the wonderful group of Islamic people a certain group of radicals, and it’s been there for a long time, and it seems to be growing and we have to accept that fact,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
The shooting at the Orlando nightclub is being characterized as an act of terrorism. The suspect, who was killed inside the club during a shootout with police, had an assault-style rifle, a handgun and “some type of advice.” An agent from the FBI’s Orlando field office also said there are “suggestions” that the suspect may have had “leanings” toward radical Islamic ideology.
Sessions said the country has had more than 570 people either convicted, charged or connected to terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“And it’s not stopping, as we see, apparently, today,” he said.
“More of these attacks are coming. It’s a real part of the threat that we face, and if we can’t address it openly and directly, and say directly that there is an extremist element within Islam, that’s dangerous to the world and has to be confronted.”
Sessions said the country needs to be careful about whom it admits, adding that the issue is a “serious matter.”
“I wish it weren’t so,” he said.
“I wish there were some easy solution, but there’s not. We have to be more vigilant.”
The Alabama senator also praised presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying the candidate will “defeat the radical extremists around the world.”
“We need to be careful about how many people we bring in and be sure we can vet them properly before [we] admit them to the United States,” he said.