The Washington Times - January 21, 2014, 09:43AM

Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, said Americans should not change their plans to attend the Sochi Olympics despite security threats, because doing so would be a victory for the terrorists.

“My natural instinct would be to say yes, because you don’t want the terrorists ultimately to win,” he said Tuesday on CNN when asked if Americans should go to the games. “That’s one of the main goals of terrorism, to invoke fear and stop people from living their daily lives.”


The co-chair of the House Russia Caucus conceded that there are security concerns that would make him think twice about sending his own family.

“If you’re asking me if I would send my family there, I would have trepidation because there are serious and credible threats that we know about it,” he said.

He said he thinks Russia is doing the best it can to prevent attacks, but that there are too many variables in terrorism for anyone to keep people 100 percent safe. He would not go so far as to say that Sochi was not a good choice for the 2014 host city.

“I don’t want to second guess the commission, but I do think it is a difficult venue,” he said.