On Wednesday, President Trump said he would consider sending the terror suspect connected to Tuesday’s deadly attack in Manhattan to Guantanamo Bay for a military trial.
“I would certainly consider this. I would certainly consider that, sending him to Gitmo,” Trump said at the White House.
The president also called for “quicker” and “tougher” punishment for terrorists — but did not provide clarity on how that would work.
“Terrorists are constantly seeking to strike our nation and it will require the unflinching devotion to our law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence professionals to keep America safe,” said Trump.
“We have to get much tougher and we have to get much smarter. And we have to get much less politically correct. We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything. We will never waiver in the defense of our beloved country.”
Trump heavily criticized the U.S. Justice system for not being “strong enough”.
“We need quick justice and we need strong justice. What we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughingstock. [The US needs] punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now.”
The commander-in-chief also offered his support for the victims.
“We mourn the horrifying terrorist attack in New York City just blocks away from the sight of the World Trade Center,“ he said.
“All of America is praying and grieving for the families who lost their precious loved ones. Horrible Act. Our hearts break for them and we pledge to renew our resolve in their memory.”
Trump repeatedly called Saipov “an animal” and stated without explanation that he had brought other people with him when he emigrated from Uzbekistan.
“This man who came in, or whatever you want to call him, brought in with him other people. And he was the point of contact, the primary point of contact for, and this is preliminary, for 23 people who came in or potentially came in with him. And that’s not acceptable,” Trump said.
Pres. Trump speculated that the family member’s of the suspect could also be dangerous.
When asked if they posed a threat, Trump responded, “They certainly could.”
“My administration is coordinating … closely between federal and local officials to investigate the attack and to further investigate this animal who did the attacking.”
Sen. McCain believes the suspect should be held as an enemy combatant.