NY attack: Trump uses terror to push extreme vetting

US President Donald Trump has been criticised today for "politicising" last night's terrorist attack in NY, where a suspected Muslim immigrant named Sayfullo Saipov drove a truck through a crowd of people in lower Manhattan near the 9/11 memorial site.

Earlier, the U.S. president took to Twitter to decry the attack, saying "we must not allow ISIS to return". NY politicians and officials quickly labeled the incident a terror attack.

Thirty days later, when a radicalized Muslim allegedly rammed through a crowd of bikers and pedestrians in New York City, killing eight, there was not a mark of hesitation or wariness about disturbing the sanctity of mourning.

Quickly in the wake of Tuesday's deadly attack on a New York City bike path by an immigrant originally from Uzbekistan, President Donald Trump renewed his call for enhanced scrutiny of foreign nationals entering the U.S.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the incident as an act of terror.

IS has been dealt a string of defeats across Iraq and Syria in recent months, with authorities anxious that fleeing foreign fighters might return home.

"I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program", he tweeted.


His clear policy agenda is to change the United States immigration system: "I am, today, starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program", Trump said.

Republican leaders in Congress said the government should employ similar tactics to ensure that Tuesday's truck attack in New York City is not repeated. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).

Authorities said police shot Saipov at the scene, took him into custody, and transported him to New York's Bellevue Hospital for treatment of an injury to the abdomen that was not deemed to be life-threatening.

"You'll have to contact the White House regarding the President's tweet", said Homeland Security acting press secretary Tyler Houlton. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it was important to learn more about incoming immigrants.

"Right now, our focus, as we've said over the last couple of days, has been on healing and uniting the country", Sander said from the White House briefing room.

"What the United States does in terms of its homeland security, immigration policies and visa procedures are the sovereign right of that country. We are not going to be deterred".


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