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Trump calls for 'extreme vetting' after NYC attack

Trump calls for 'extreme vetting' after NYC attack

He declined to answer.

The pattern proved itself out once again in October, a month that began with the mass shooting in Las Vegas and ended with the terrorist attack in NY. "We are not going to be deterred". "We won't talk about that".

New York City attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov, 29.

"This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them", Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted a series of messages that began with "In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person". They screen the names and biometric data of applicants against a range of US government and global databases containing voluminous law enforcement, intelligence and immigration holdings, including classified information, to verify their identities and assess whether they pose a security risk.

He published a follow-up stating that the U.S. "must not allow ISIS to return" and that he was planning to "step up our already Extreme Vetting Program". Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!" - the ACLU tweeted: "When Trump says 'extreme vetting, ' what he really means is government-sponsored religious discrimination.

His tweet comes shortly after a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people on Tuesday, leaving at least eight people dead and a dozen injured. In fact, a recent report by the Brennan Center shows that the US alerady has one of the world's most stringent visa vetting systems. We need quick justice, and we need strong justice, much quicker and much stronger than we have right now.

Though the meaning behind Trump's comments has yet to be determined, that didn't stop critics from coming out in full force on Twitter. "I will continue to follow developments closely", said Mr. Trump. "Sounds nice. It's not good.it's not good".

Other experts agreed with this, but said that the Trump administration would put in place "fresher, tighter" mechanisms that everyone has to live with.

About the Las Vegas shooter, Trump said this: "The wires were crossed pretty badly in his brain. And it's a very sad event".

Indeed, the information thus far available about the alleged perpetrator of yesterday's attacks shows the futility of placing the blame on the visa system.

Notice any difference between the two responses?

The disparity in Trump's responses is striking - and telling. Schumer responded by calling on Trump to rescind proposed cuts to anti-terrorism funding, which would result from his most recent budget proposal. That fire needed to be met with fire. But if the attack was terrorism as the President assumes, its goal was to make us scared and overreact.

He is far less animated by gun control - or the debate over the right regulations on guns that happens (and then inevitably disappears) in the wake of these ever-more-frequent mass shootings. The weapons later turned out to be imitation firearms. Yet, Trump's tweet suggests he's still focusing on immigrants - namely, Muslim immigrants.