Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, on Sunday said that he would not go or allow his family to attend the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, citing recent terror attacks in Russia.
“I would not go and I don’t think I would send my family,” said the senator on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
King’s comments come after a number of bombings by radical Islamic groups in Russia have raised fears of terrorism at the Olympics.
“I don’t know how you put a percentage on it, but it’s such a rich target in an area of the world where they [terror groups] have almost broadcast that they are going to try something there,” said King of the games.
King’s comments came shortly after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., in a separate interview on CNN said he was “very concerned” about the security of American athletes at the games.
Rogers said Russia was not cooperating with the U.S. on intelligence, failing to share information on possible threats.
The chairman said that there has been a “departure of cooperation” that was “very concerning.”
King on Sunday said that one of the problems was that today “terrorism is so hard to detect.” He cited reports about a bomber in the middle east working on non-metallic explosives.
The White House has condemned recent terror attacks in Russia and offered “closer cooperation” with Moscow on addressing security concerns.