U.S. Congressman, Rep. Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, stands of a balcony of his hotel which overlooks the Olympic Park, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Michael McCaul who was in Sochi on Tuesday to assess the situation said he was impressed by the work of Russian security forces but troubled that potential suicide bombers had gotten into the city despite all of the extraordinary security measures. (AP Photo/Nataliya Vasilyeva)
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says safety measures undertaken by the Russian government at the Sochi site of the Olympics are the “most impressive” in the history of the Games.
But Texas Republican Rep. Michael MCaul says he remains concerned about the possibility of an attack at the Games, which commence on Feb. 7.
McCaul tells CNN today he believes improvement is needed in intelligence-sharing between Russia and the United States. And he voices concern about the risk of a suicide bomber setting off an explosive device.
McCaul visited the site last week. He calls it “quite fortified” but says that “it only takes one suicide bomber to get in.”
He says, “I would hope the president of Russia would allow us to come in and help.”