NY attack : President Trump orders extreme vetting of travellers

Marsha Scott
November 2, 2017

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.

Trump's reaction "is in keeping with his responses to other attacks" in which the perpetrator was alleged to have possible links with Islamic State, says Al Jazeera English.

Cuomo echoed him in more vigorous terms, saying: "We go forward together". Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has been briefed on the apparent act of terrorism that occurred in New York City, an official statement said. "Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!", the president said in a post to Twitter Tuesday night. The Trump administration had initially formulated a refugee intake system and travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Perhaps he meant the travel ban? We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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In response to the attack, President Trump tweeted, "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person".

The tweets earned Trump a rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May, who said it is "never helpful for anyone to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation". Saipov drove the rental pickup truck on a popular bike path, striking pedestrians and cyclists, before crashing into a school bus. The note was hand-written in a foreign language, possibly Arabic, said one of the official. The FBI is investigating the case as a terrorist act.

There has been no movement by the White House to address gun laws or otherwise respond to the Las Vegas shooting since. In the 16 years following September 11, he said most domestic attacks committed by foreigners were committed by people who entered the country legally and had no red flags on their record. NY police say the truck driver had been planning the attack for weeks and did it "in the name of IS". After surgery, he is in critical condition.

"This is a very painful day in our city", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated after the attack. Near the company's rental trucks, the van is parked.

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