Following the horrific terror attack in New York City by what authorities believe was an ISIS-inspired radical Islamist from Uzbekistan, President Trump unleashed a series of tweets condemning Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for helping install the "Diversity Visa Lottery" program, which allowed suspected terrorist Sayfullo Saipov into the country.
Authorities say Saipov was granted a visa through the State Department's "diversity" lottery program back in 2010. The program was approved by Congress in 1990 and went into effect in 1995, with the Schumer playing a key role in its development. The program offers visas to applicants from countries from which relatively few immigrants have come to the U.S.
With Schumer's state now suffering as a result, Trump took to Twitter to call for a merit-based program, something for which conservatives have been advocating for years.
"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based," wrote Trump in a tweet directed at Fox & Friends.
"We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)," he added. "Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems" said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!"
The president also announced that he has called on Homeland Security to "step up" its immigration vetting program to be even more "extreme."
"I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program," he wrote. "Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!"
According to multiple reports, Saipov, 29, entered the country in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Lottery program and then worked as a driver, one source saying he ran two trucking companies in Ohio. Uber says that Saipov drove for them for the last six months.
On Tuesday, Saipov allegedly drove a truck into dozens of pedestrians and cyclists before ramming into a school bus, killing at least eight and injuring at least 11 (some reports say 15).
Police say Saipov was yelling "Allahu Akbar" when he exited his vehicle. NBC Philadelphia reports that Saipov left a handwritten note in the truck declaring "ISIS lives forever," along with images of ISIS flags. According to NBC, a senior official said that Saipov "showed no remorse for the deadly attack and was almost boastful about it."