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Trump govt needs $1 bn effort to fight extremism: experts

US president-elect Donald Trump has said he will label China a currency manipulator, and has threatened to pull out of NAFTA and slap punitive tariffs on China and MexicoThe incoming government of Donald Trump needs to create a top-level office for battling Islamic extremist ideology, experts led by ex-CIA chief Leon Panetta and former British premier Tony Blair said Tuesday. While the United States has laid out billions in the armed fight against Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group and others, it sorely lacks a coordinated effort for the “long war” of preventing their ideology from affecting Muslim youth at home, they said. Current spending on such programs, according to a new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies on how to fight extremism, is just 0.1 percent of the country’s counter-terrorism budget.

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