Trump pushes "extreme vetting" in wake of attack

Manhattan Terror Attack

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.

Perhaps he meant the travel ban?

Following an Isis-related attack on London Bridge that left eight dead in June, Trump published a highly charged tweet mocking London Mayor Sadiq Khan for saying that there was "no reason to be alarmed".

President Trump has called for tougher immigration controls after the deadly NY truck attack, describing the suspect as an "animal" and calling on Congress to shut down the immigration lottery scheme.

From the time he entered office (and really, well before that), Trump's behavior has been predictable in at least one way: when the cameras are on and the country, if only by habit now, turns to the White House for some kind of guidance or authority, there stands Trump - front and center. On Tuesday afternoon, the truck's driver turned onto the bike path, striking several people before plowing into a school bus, said the police.

"We want a merit-based program, where people come into the country based on merit", Trump said.

Vetting procedures attempt to detect foreign nations who may commit or support acts of terrorism, or pose a threat to national security.

"We're not going to talk about that today", Trump told a reporter at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada trauma center.

"We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere", Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday.

He follows that with more tweets: "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program, ' a Chuck Schumer beauty. This attack did not take seven years or more to plan", Nowrasteh said.

His clear policy agenda is to change the U.S. immigration system: "I am, today, starting the process of terminating the diversity lottery program", Trump said.

"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.

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