U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the deadly attack in New York City Tuesday evening, in which eight people were killed. Trump tweeted early Monday, "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based."
Trump's tweeted appeared to lay blame for the attack at the feet of New York's Senior Senator who is also the Senate minority leader. Schumer quickly responded on Twitter, writing, "I guess it's not too soon to politicize a tragedy."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke to CNN Monday morning and calling the attacker, Saifullah Saipov, a "depraved coward" who was "radicalized domestically." CNN have reported one source claiming that the attacker had left a note on his persons that claimed allegiance to Islamic terror group ISIS, though this has not yet been confirmed by the authorities.
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The investigation into the attackers background is on-going as police and the FBI urged members of the public to give them any photos or video that could help.
The attack echoed a strategy that the Islamic State group has been suggesting to its followers. While police didn’t specifically blame any group for the strike, Trump railed against the Islamic State and declared “enough!” and “NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”
Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling “God is great” in Arabic as his deadly route of terror ended with a crash, authorities said.