King: 'We Shouldn't Play Russian Roulette With Homeland Security'
Amid a terror threat against the Mall of America, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on "America's Newsroom" that Congress should not be playing "Russian roulette" with homeland security.
The al Qaeda-linked Somali terror group al-Shabaab released a video calling for the Mall of America to be attacked.
"I think the truth basically is Bill, we do have to take the threat seriously," said King, who is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
King said he doubts there's an orchestrated plot by al-Shabaab, but said once the video hits the internet and social media, it raises concerns about a lone wolf "striking out."
He pointed out that there is a large Somali American population in Minnesota and more than 20 have traveled to Somalia to join up with terrorists.
King added that the NYPD has increased its security in New York City and that the malls in New York state are getting more protection from police.
He remarked that neither Democrats nor Republicans are correctly addressing the Department of Homeland Security funding battle.
"We should not be cutting off DHS funding and I put blame on both parties for that," King explained. "I think the time for that has to end, we have to fund the DHS. We have to stop the games!"
King also said that he hopes that a deal will be struck by Friday to fund the DHS.
"It's too risky. We shouldn't be playing Russian roulette with our Homeland Security," he remarked. "This is too vital, it's too important...Democrats are being irresponsible in filibustering and I think the Republicans were wrong in making this a hostage to the immigration issue. They're not the same and shouldn't be. Again, we have address it, there is too much at risk here."
Watch the video above to hear more of what King said on "America's Newsroom."