NY truck attack: Trump backs Guantanamo for suspect

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"Sounds nice. It's not nice". They haven't said whether he came in through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which covers immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

Trump then attacked the idea of "chain migration", or family-based immigration, a central theme of the U.S. system that allows those in the country to sponsor relatives overseas to join them. "We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)".

"We are so politically correct, we are afraid to do anything", Trump said.

In tweets ahead of the cabinet meeting, Trump announced he was stepping up extreme vetting procedures against foreigners arriving to the US.

Two senior US lawmakers called on Wednesday for the suspect in the NY truck attack to be treated as an enemy combatant rather than a criminal suspect, a change in federal policy they said would make it easier to interrogate him.

"We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting now", Trump added. Attorneys from the organization said on Wednesday, "Guantánamo Bay is and always has been a prison exclusively for Muslims, which is undoubtedly the only reason Donald Trump made the idiotic suggestion to send Sayfullo Saipov there". We need quick justice and we need strong justice.

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Trump also criticized the United States justice system, saying he would be open to sending the suspect, whom police have identified as Sayfullo Saipov, to the U.S. military prison operated at the naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"Take him to Guantanamo", Mr McCain told reporters.

Trump said earlier Wednesday that he "would certainly consider" sending Saipov to the controversial prison. "He's a terrorist, he should be kept there".

"The last thing that I want this guy to hear tonight is, 'You have a right to a lawyer.' The last thing he should hear is his Miranda rights".

McCain (R-Ariz.), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, agrees with Graham that Saipov should be treated as an enemy combatant.

Forty-one detainees now remain at Gitmo, though the facility hasn't accepted any new prisoners since 2008.