>> The White House revamping a program that combats all types of violent ideologies, to now focus only on Islamist extremism. Currently the multi-agency program called Countering Violent Extremism works with communities through partnerships, educational programs, and counter-messaging campaigns to deter would-be violent extremists before they become radicalized. But five people briefed on the matter telling Reuters that the Trump administration will focus only on the Islamist threat, and therefore, would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the US.
Reuters Correspondent, Dustin Volz.>> This is all really a proxy battle for many Republicans who long criticized the Obama administration for not calling the threat of Islamic State and other militant groups what it is, in their view, a threat posed by radical Islamic extremists. The Obama administration and many Democrats said that calling it that would simply inflame the tensions with the Muslim world, that that was not the right approach, that would actually sow the seeds for further terrorism, for more threats.
>> Trump campaigned heavily on the need to call the threat Islamic extremism.>> Radical, radical, Islamic, Islamic terrorism.>> A label which President Obama and Hillary Clinton avoided.>> Our incompetent president won't use the term.>> This move along with Trump's immigration ban on seven majority Muslim countries feeding into a perceived pattern of anti-Islamic actions, which critics say might make it harder to combat extremism within the Islamic communities.
>> So this would be sort of in line with what the Trump administration's critics say is really an anti-Islam agenda. And those who have been participating in the program previously, who have accepted federal grants from the program, say that if this changes that this will really force a lot of those groups to back out entirely and could really be the end of the program.
Some Republicans in Congress have long assailed the program as politically correct and ineffective, while community groups have been concerned it was a way for law enforcement to keep tabs on the Muslim community.