Stirewalt: White House Will Shun 'I Word' at Extremism Summit
The second day of the White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is underway and some are questioning what will - or will not - be accomplished at the three-day forum.
Chris Stirewalt said on "America's Newsroom" that the summit is not designed to do anything in particular except create the appearance of activity.
"But even that is undercut by the fact that the administration is adamant, and I think to the point of absolute stubbornness ... that the 'I word' is not going to figure prominently and will, in fact, be shunned," Sitrewalt said.
What does the White House want to get out of this? Bill Hemmer asked.
"What they're trying to say is that it isn't about religion, and that it's not about Islam," Stirewalt said. [They're] saying that the reason that people are in the thrall of Islamist militancy and terrorism is that they don't have jobs and they lack economic opportunity."
The White House on Tuesday kicked off a three-day summit on "countering violent extremism." It began with Vice President Biden moderating a discussion on countering extremism with representatives from cities.
This, though, follows a pattern of conferences and summits called by the administration to address urgent challenges. The administration is facing criticism for this approach -- and for describing the summit in general terms -- at a time when Islamic State militants are spreading, recruiting and executing prisoners from multiple countries in increasingly brutal ways.
Asked whether Islamic extremists are in fact the focus of the summit, one official said extremism has spanned "many decades" and taken on "many forms," but they recognize that those launching recent attacks "are calling themselves Muslims."
"You can call them what you want. We're calling them terrorists," the official said.
Watch the clip above.