Rep. Louie Gohmert
A Republican congressman has criticized the Obama administration for closing 19 embassies and consulates “like a bunch of cowards” for security concerns.
Rep. Louie Gohmert made the remarks in an interview with a radio program on Monday.
“Why you didn't have security where you needed it, where you need security to shore up, what you can do to make sure that doesn't happen again, you don't have to close your embassies like a bunch of cowards that go running away," he said.
The congressman also said Washington failed to learn after bombings on US embassies during President Clinton's administration and warned that failing to look tough will only invite more attacks.
"We didn't learn it then, by golly, we better learn it now or we're going to get hit again and we're going to look weak," he said.
The United States closed 21 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday, warning that al-Qaeda may be planning to conduct attacks by the end of August.
On Sunday, US State Department said that the country’s embassies and consulates in 19 cities will remain closed until Saturday.
“Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the State Department said.
Meanwhile, the United States has reportedly ordered its warships in the Middle East to be ready in case of a possible terror attack by al-Qaeda.