Despite Tough Talk, Trump Follows Obama On Terror Suspects

Despite Tough Talk, Trump Follows Obama On Terror Suspects

Despite Tough Talk, Trump Follows Obama On Terror Suspects

Trump had earlier said he was considering sending Sayfullo Saipov, 29, to the military's notorious Guantanamo Bay detention centre, but backed off the idea in a blast of early morning tweets calling for the death penalty.

"Statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system", Trump said in an early morning tweet, adding that there is "also something appropriate" about keeping him "in the home of the disgusting crime he committed".

"At the very least, Trump has probably already made it so Saipov can not be put to death", he wrote.

Although the state of NY does not contemplate capital punishment in it's penal system, which has life imprisonment as the maximum penalty, however, Saipov could receive a death sentence in a federal trial for terrorism.

Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday that there is "also something appropriate" about keeping him "in the home of the awful crime he committed". He should receive the death penalty!

President Donald Trump says he'd love to send the suspect in New York City's deadly truck attack to Guantanamo Bay.

Tuesday's attack injured 12 people, some critically, in addition to those killed.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Republican, on Thursday repeated his criticism of the Justice Department for charging Saipov in the courts rather than treating him as an enemy combatant.

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

As a permanent legal resident of the United States Saipov also has virtually the same rights as a USA citizen, they said. "Send him to Gitmo, I would certainly consider that, yes". He was shot after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing two air guns and yelling "God is great!" in Arabic, they said.

But that avenue appeared closed after prosecutors brought terrorism charges against the Uzbek immigrant in federal court in NY. Authorities charged Saipov with providing support to a terrorist organization, alleging the Islamic State inspired him to carry out the attack.

"I would certainly consider that", said Trump at the start of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Investigators work around the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck a day after it was used in a terror attack in NY on November 1, 2017.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, is listed as a sponsor of the 1990 legislation that created the current visa lottery for "diversity immigrants" from countries that had historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. The legislation was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

The military system is different to the country's federal criminal but as legal news website Above The Law pointed out: "when the President of the United States says you should be killed before you've even been tried, it causes real problems for the administration of justice". And no one held within the USA has been sent to Guantanamo since the detention center opened in January 2002 to hold suspected members of al-Qaida and the Taliban.

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.

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