Trump Implies Terror Attack in N.Y.C. Was Committed by ISIS: 'We Must Not Allow Them to Return'
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to address the incident in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday in which seven people were reportedly killed and more than a dozen injured
“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person,” Trump tweeted. “Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!”
In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
Also writing, “My thoughts, condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the New York City terrorist attack. God and your country are with you!”
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The president then vowed to ramp up his controversial approach to immigrants entering the country, extreme vetting.
“I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” Trump later tweeted.
According to a pool report, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president has been briefed on the incident by Chief of Staff John Kelly and will be continually updated as more details are known.
First Lady Melania Trump, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and other politicians also tweeted out thoughts and prayers after the incident in which a truck rammed into a school bus and then ran into people on a bike path.
According to the NYPD, one person is in custody and no suspects are outstanding. The incident is being investigated as a terror attack by the FBI, according to N.Y.C. authorities.
“My heart breaks for #NYC today,” Melania Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Thoughts & prayers as we monitor the situation.”
Sanders also tweeted about the incident, writing: “My thoughts are with the victims of today’s horrific attack in Manhattan and their loved ones.”
Other politicians, including New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also tweeted their prayers for victims and thanks for first responders.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a Tuesday press conference, “There is no evidence at this point to suggest a wider plot, or a wider scheme. This was the action of one individual who meant to cause harm and pain and terror, and likely death.”
Cuomo added, “There is no evidence of an additional threat or an ongoing threat.”