The White House says President Donald Trump’s administration has a plan to protect the country from terrorists using the federal government to distribute food, medical care and other services.
The president has directed the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Justice and Housing and Urban Development to work with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that federal programs are secure.
In a statement released Monday, the White House said Trump’s Department of Justice has created a new office dedicated to combating terrorism, the Department’s Countering Violent Extremism program.
The office will be headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and will be comprised of attorneys from the Department, the Justice Department and the FBI.
It will be the only entity to investigate the threats that federal officials face, the statement said.
“We will ensure that the government’s counterterrorism efforts are focused on those who threaten our way of life and the safety of our communities,” the statement continued.
“We will also take every step to prevent and detect attacks against us, our institutions and our people.”
Trump announced Monday he is ordering the Department to take steps to prevent future attacks and to strengthen the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s ability to detect and respond to such threats.