Former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday suggested that multiple terrorist cells are operating on American soil.
“Look what’s going on in our country right now,” he told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria." "We have a very, very weak border. Particularly with the southern border, but now we have to worry about the Canadian border as well.
At least 30 people are dead and more than 100 others wounded following a series of coordinated terror attacks in Brussels earlier Tuesday morning.
Carson argued later that morning that extremists likely entered Belgium by taking advantage of Europe’s loose immigration regulations.
“It’s not unexpected,” he said of Tuesday’s massacre. "Obviously, we know there’s going to be continued attacks.
“One of the things that Europeans have done is really have a pretty lax policy when it comes to people coming from Syria and other places where they are likely to be terrorists. I’m sure that they are infiltrated.”
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now claiming responsibility for Tuesday’s bloodshed, according to the Amaq news agency, an organization closely affiliated with the terrorist group.
Carson additionally charged on Tuesday that the U.S. must protect itself against radical Islamic terrorists and take immediate action against ISIS.
“We need to secure our borders,” the retired neurosurgeon said. "We need to stop just talking about it and start doing it.
“We need to go ahead and declare war on ISIS and reevaluate all of our immigration policies,” added Carson, who has endorsed GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump to lay out first 100 days in Gettysburg speech GOP senator: Dems making ‘concerted effort to produce fraudulent votes’ Trump touts Navy expansion proposal in Pa. MORE.
“[We need to] act when we see something and not be afraid that somebody’s going to call us ‘Islamophobic.' These are the things that are going to make a real difference."