Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told Congress Thursday that the world should expect more attacks along the lines of the Manchester bombing this week that involved a British-born man connected to the Islamic State.
“As horrible as Manchester was, my expectation is we’re going to see a lot more of that type of attack,” Mr. Kelly told the Senate as he defended President Trump’s new budget, which cuts some anti-terror grant funding for localities.
The secretary, a former Marine general, said persons who have been radicalized and went to join the fight in Iraq and Syria have been told by Islamic State leaders not to die defending the caliphate there, but instead return to sow chaos at home.
Responding to complaints that the new Trump budget cuts funds, Mr. Kelly said every part of the U.S. is a potential target, and there isn’t enough money to go around.
The new secretary said one of the biggest revelations when he took office was the “relentless” determination by terrorists to strike again at the aviation industry.
“Ideally big airplanes, ideally a U.S. carrier, ideally on the way to the United States,” Mr. Kelly said. “We are watching a number of very sophisticated, advanced threats.”
Mr. Kelly has already imposed a ban on large electronics being carried by passengers on flights to the U.S. from nearly a dozen foreign airports, and he said he’s planning an expansion of that ban.
Airlines are pushing back feverishly, he said.