Trump instructs Homeland to 'step up' vetting program after Manhattan terror attack

Manhattan Terror Attack

Trump has on three occasions tried to pass restrictions blocking or limiting immigration to the United States from certain countries: The latest iteration imposes restrictions on citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and on government officials from Venezuela.

"This is a very painful day in our city", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated after the attack.

Eight people were killed when a man in a rental truck ploughed along a bike path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, in what authorities called a terrorist attack.

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

The authorities called the incident an "act of terror".

One of Trump's top domestic priorities has been a crackdown on undocumented immigrants and a strengthening of screening procedures for foreigners seeking to enter the U.S.

The driver is suspected to be Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who is said to have pledged his allegiance to ISIS before the attack as police found notes written in Arabic and a picture of the terror group's black flag in the Home Depot truck. "I will continue to follow developments closely", Trump said.

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.

"My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack", Trump added.

Asked to reconcile his responses to the attacks in Orlando and Las Vegas, Sanders suggested Trump had adopted a different tack since assuming the mantle of the presidency. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night.

How about the words Trump uses to describe the men who perpetrated these attacks?

ISIS supporters have been praising the deadly truck rampage in NY which killed eight people yesterday as law enforcement sources revealed the suspect left behind handwritten notes pledging loyalty to the terror group. We need quick justice, and we need strong justice, much quicker and much stronger than we have right now. And the White House confirmed Trump's tweet that the assailant, Sayfullo Saipov, entered the USA through the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which awards visas to vetted individuals randomly selected from countries where there is a low rate of immigration to the US.

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