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Trump defends decision to charge NYC terror suspect in federal court

Trump defends decision to charge NYC terror suspect in federal court

US President Donald Trump called for the death penalty for Manhattan terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, who murdered eight people and injured 12.

"Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system".

His tweet raised troubling questions about the separation of powers and the independence of prosecutors and the federal judiciary.

Trump said on Wednesday he would try to abolish Diversity Visa Lottery Program of US that enabled the Uzbekistan born terrorist to settle down in America legally.

Trump repeated his call for the death penalty, but experts say he may be hurting the chances Saipov will receive that sentence.

Hours earlier, Trump expressed outrage at reports that Saipov asked for the Islamic State flag to be hung in the hospital room where he was treated for gunshot wounds during his capture by police after Tuesday's rampage. "There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the disgusting crime he committed".

At the end of the segment Shawn also mentioned the death penalty. "I want merit based", Trump said in a tweet.

In a tweet, a seemingly angry Commander-in-Chief wrote that the suspect "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY".

Asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether Saipov should be sent to the US military prison in Cuba, where terrorist suspects captured overseas have been detained, Trump said: "I would certainly consider that. But when you say it, it makes it harder for DOJ to make that happen", tweeted Andrew C. McCarthy, a former assistant USA attorney for the Southern District of NY.

President Donald Trump railed against the diversity lottery visa program following the terror attack in New York City on Tuesday.

"We need quick justice, and we need strong justice, much quicker and much stronger than we have right now", Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

In response to this revelation, which was confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security, Trump called on the visa program to be "merit based", indicating that it is presently a "lottery" system, and blaming the suspect's entry into the USA on Schumer.

"The president's tweets, I think, were not helpful", responded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at a press conference.