President Trump, in his first public remarks since Tuesday's terror attack in NY, called the suspect an "animal" and threatened to send him to Guantanamo Bay.
The President described the suspect in custody, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, as an "animal", and hit out at the program Saipov reportedly used in 2010 to come to the USA, from Uzbekistan. John McCain (R-Ariz.), pushing for the terror suspect to be sent to Gitmo and be treated as an enemy combatant. "I would certainly consider that", Trump responded. "It's not nice. It's not good".
Trump quoted a guest who appeared on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning and said Schumer, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, was "importing Europe's problems".
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the President called on Twitter for tougher immigration restrictions, saying he would "step up our already Extreme Vetting Programme" and suggesting he wanted to scrap a visa lottery system.
"My administration is coordinating closely between federal and local officials to investigate the attack and to further investigate this animal who did the attacking", Trump said.
"We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting now".
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In July, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Cuba to gain "an up-to-date understanding of current operations" at Guantanamo Bay, calling the prison he has called a "perfectly acceptable" place to detain new terrorism suspects as opposed to holding them in the U.S. and having his own Justice Department try them in civilian courts.
"Take him to Guantanamo", McCain said Wednesday.
Suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly killed eight and injured others in New York City before being shot by police. John McCain are calling for the suspect in Tuesday's terror attack in NY to be held as an unlawful enemy combatant.
"If Mr. Trump sends additional detainees there, we will represent them and fight for them as we continue to fight for the men held there today".
"Sending Saipov to Guantánamo or treating him as an "enemy combatant" would violate due process and the rule of law", Romero said.
The military commission system at the off-shore prison has been often beset by legal challenges and delays.