Trump thinks twice on sending NY attacker to Guantanamo

Trump thinks twice on sending NY attacker to Guantanamo

Late last night President Trump sent out a tweet to his 41 million followers, declaring that the terror suspect accused of running people down on a NY bike lane "should get death penalty".

Trump tweeted, "Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system".

His tweet raised troubling questions about the separation of powers and the independence of prosecutors and the federal judiciary.

On Wednesday, Trump said he felt the USA criminal justice system was "a joke" because it took too long for accused terrorists - "these animals", he called them - to be prosecuted, convicted and sentenced.

President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to rule out sending the NY terrorism suspect to the USA military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after threatening a day earlier to send the alleged attacker to the detention center.

Democratic Congressman, Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Wednesday that "it would be a mistake" to try Saipov at Guantanamo.

Trump pointed to Saipov's apparent glibness from his hospital bed and his request to hang the ISIS flag in his hospital room. But he appeared to reverse himself Thursday in a tweet reading, "There is something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the disgusting crime he committed. But when *you* say it, it makes it harder for DOJ to make that happen", tweeted Andrew McCarthy, the former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of NY.

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He faces several federal terrorism charges, and Saipov apparently told investigators he "felt good" about the attack, which he had been planning for a year.

Tuesday's attack with a rented truck on a bike path in New York City left eight dead and 12 wounded.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the case against Sayfullo Saipov, 29, "Should move fast".

He added that he plans to terminate the diversity lottery programme.

"We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now". "We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems".

No one held within the USA has been sent to Guantanamo since the detention center opened in January 2002 to hold suspected members of al-Qaida and the Taliban.

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