We will 'step up' vetting of immigrants after NYC attack

Aaron Brown
November 2, 2017

Trump's tweet was vague on what aspect of vetting Homeland Security should "step up".

But when eight people were mowed down in a terrorist attack by a man shouting "Allahu akbar," President Donald Trump pounced nearly immediately, seizing on the tragedy to push his proposals for tightening immigration controls.

Travel from Uzbekistan, from where the perpetrator of Tuesday's attack originated, would not be affected by the proposed ban. We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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. The NYPD said there also were "numerous people injured". Trump said on Twitter.

De Blasio told reporters: "The bottom line is we are going to go about our business".

Prior to his tweet surrounding the initiative, Trump attacked ISIS by stating that the USA should not open its borders to terrorism.

However, following an attack in Las Vegas in October, in which 58 people were shot dead by Stephen Paddock, an American not associated with Islam, Trump took more than five hours to respond, and did so in a more subdued tone. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

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NY and other cities around the globe have been on high alert against attacks by extremists in vehicles.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called the incident an "apparent act of terrorism".

Asked on Wednesday during his first on-camera appearance since the attack to explain "how the diversity program fit into (the alleged terrorist's) plot", Trump skipped past the nut of the question.

"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.

"We have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now", he said.

"What the USA does in terms of its homeland security, immigration policies and visa procedures are the sovereign right of that country".

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