Trump calls for death penalty for NY attacker

Similar to how he responded to previous major terror attacks in the United States and overseas, the President has vowed to toughen immigration restrictions after a truck driver rammed into bicyclists and pedestrians on a bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people.

This morning he followed up with a tweet adding that though he "would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo" it would be quicker to try Sayfullo Saipov in a federal court.

The suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, was later charged in federal courts in NY, and Trump backtracked on Thursday, saying he recognized that Guantanamo may actually mean a slower process. In another tweet, Trump said prosecutors "Should move fast".

On Wednesday, Trump bemoaned what he believed would be a slow legal process for Saipov. But just a few hours later, the government filed federal terrorism charges against suspect Sayfullo Saipov, signaling an intent to prosecute him within the U.S.

Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday that there is "also something appropriate" about keeping him "in the home of the disgusting crime he committed".

Trump has been vocal in condemning the yesterday's attack carried out by the 29-year-old ISIS-inspired man who ploughed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path near the World Trade Centre, killing eight people and injuring almost a dozen others.

By Thursday morning, Trump himself said Saipov would be prosecuted in NY, which the president said would be faster than subjecting him to a military tribunal at Guantanamo.

Tuesday's attack was the first terror strike inside the United States during Trump's presidency and was allegedly done in sympathy with Islamic State, also known as ISIS, the extremist group Trump has argued he has "on the run".

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Saipov was apprehended af the scene and confessed to the crime, which left eight dead and a dozen injured, saying that the terror network ISIS inspired the attach, police said.

The US President's harsh public statements about alleged criminals, including the man charged in the NY truck rampage this week, could see them walk away with lighter sentences.

The law enforcement official said Kadirov was a friend of Saipov's and may not have a role in the case at all, but authorities got suspicious because he "went off the radar" when they went to speak with him.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had located another Uzbek man, Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, wanted for questioning as a person of interest in the attack.

Five Argentine tourists, a Belgian woman, a New Yorker and a New Jersey man were killed in Tuesday's attack. "I would certainly consider that", Trump said at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program, ' a Chuck Schumer beauty", Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Vladeck noted that American criminal courts, which have secured hundreds of terrorism-related convictions since September 11, have been more efficient than the military tribunal process at Guantanamo Bay. It was deadliest attack that officials labeled terrorism in NY since 2001, when hijackers crashed two passenger planes into the World Trade Center, killing more than 2,600 people.

  • Sonia Alvarado