President Donald Trump has requested for a heightened vetting program following Tuesday’s terrorist attack in fresh York.
@realDonaldTrump: I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is usually fine, however not due to This specific!
Trump signed an executive order in January that will imposed tighter screening on foreigners entering the U.S., known as extreme vetting. At the time, he called the measure a safeguard against terrorism. Recently, he attempted to enforce an open-ended ban on citizens coming from eight countries, including Iran, Libya, Syria, as well as Yemen.
Many of the president’s actions regarding travel as well as immigration — including three attempts to ban travelers coming from certain countries — have been met with legal resistance as well as unfavorable court rulings.
His remarks on Tuesday came after a motorist struck several people earlier inside the day, leaving at least eight people dead as well as a dozen injured. NBC News reported the attacker’s name is usually Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national who entered the U.S. in 2010. After being shot inside the abdomen by a police officer, the suspect was taken to a hospital, where he refused to answer an initial round of questions, according to NBC News.
Tuesday’s incident was done for ISIS, according to a note law enforcement officials found, WNBC reported.
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fresh York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. fresh York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there’s no evidence to suggest there’s a wider threat or plot, warning that will people will still see more security forces out of caution.
In a separate tweet, the president referred to the suspect as a “sick as well as deranged person.”
@realDonaldTrump: In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick as well as deranged person. Law enforcement is usually following This specific closely. NOT inside the U.S.A.!
Later, the president also expressed his condolences for the victims as well as their families.
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First lady Melania Trump tweeted, “My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.”
@FLOTUS: My heart breaks for #NYC today. Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.
In an official statement released by the White House, Trump said his administration “will provide its full support to the fresh York City Police Department,” including a joint investigation with the FBI, for the “cowardly attack.”
— CNBC’s Angelica Lavito contributed to This specific report.