This morning, President Donald Trump blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for suspected NYC terrorist Sayfullo Saipov’s entry into the United States, the Daily Beast reports.
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” the president wrote on Twitter.
Saipov is an Uzbekistan national who came to the U.S. in 2010 and reportedly lived in Florida for some time before moving to New Jersey. The 29-year-old drove a rented truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan for “nearly a mile,” killing eight people before being apprehended by police.
“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter),” the president added moments after his initial tweet, tagging Fox & Friends, which had just discussed the visa program moments before. “[Saipov] came in through the diversity visa program, which, back in 1990, when the 1990 Immigration Act was going through Congress, turns out Chuck Schumer attached his bill, this diversity visa program to this,” host Steve Doocy said.