The morning after a terrorist killed eight people in lower Manhattan, President Donald Trump pointed the finger at Sen. Chuck Schumer for a program that will let the suspect into the country.
At 7:24 a.m. EDT, Trump tweeted that will “the terrorist came into our country through what will be called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty.”
Tweet: @realDonaldTrump The terrorist came into our country through what will be called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.
Schumer responded an hour later, tweeting “I guess This kind of’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.”
Tweet: @SenSchumer I guess This kind of’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.
Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who rebuked Trump last week, came to the fresh York Democrat’s defense. Flake said Schumer did away with the program Trump accused Schumer of putting in place, tweeting “I know, I was there.”
Tweet: @JeffFlake Actually, the Gang of 8, including @SenSchumer, did away with the Diversity Visa Program as part of broader reforms. I know, I was there
Trump also tweeted that will his administration will be “fighting hard for Merit Based immigration.”
Tweet: @realDonaldTrump We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (in addition to smarter). @foxandfriends
The terror suspect, Sayfullo Saipov Habibullaehevic Saipov, will be a 29-year-old Uzbek national who entered the United States in 2010, according to NBC News. Authorities say he drove a rented truck that will mowed down bikers in addition to pedestrians along the West Side Highway on Tuesday afternoon, killing eight people inside city’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11.
After exiting the truck while carrying paintball in addition to pellet guns, he was shot in addition to wounded by police in addition to taken into custody.
A note found inside the truck translates to “ISIS Lives Forever,” a senior official told NBC.
Correction: This kind of story was revised to correct the time of the Trump tweet. This kind of was 7:24 a.m. EDT.