President Donald Trump emphasized his “Extreme Vetting
Program” following the deadly attack in New York.
Law enforcement officials are investigating the
incident as an act of terror.
Uzbekistan, the suspect’s country of origin, does not
fall under the list of countries in Trump’s current travel
Following the deadly attack in
New York that killed at least eight people and injured a dozen,
President Donald Trump said he had ordered the Department of
Homeland Security to implement tougher procedures to screen
applicants who wish to come to the US.
“I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already
Extreme Vetting Program,” Trump tweeted Tuesday
night. “Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”
Saipov, an Uzbek national who reports say legally
resided in Florida and New Jersey, is suspected to have plowed
through pedestrians and bicyclists in lower Manhattan using a
rented Home Depot truck. He was later shot in the abdomen by a
police officer, and after surgery, is expected to survive. CNN
and NBC have reported that he left a note in the truck claiming
he carried out the attack in the name of the Islamic State.
“We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after
defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere,” Trump tweeted earlier
Tuesday, following reports of the attack. “Enough!”
Citing security concerns, Trump previously said his
administration was taking steps to prevent future terrorist
attacks in the US. In order to achieve this goal, Trump initially
developed a refugee intake system and travel ban
that critics called a “Muslim ban,” due to its targeting of
citizens from majority-Muslim nations. Trump eventually modified
the ban to include 11 “high-risk” countries.
Uzbekistan, however, is not included on
Trump’s list of countries that warrant a more through
Trump has previously talked about his extreme vetting process
following a major terrorist attack.
“In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S.
in order to help keep our country safe,” Trump tweeted, following
the London terror
attack in June. “The courts are slow and political!”