Trump Targets Senator Schumer After Manhattan Terrorist Attack

It looks like the president received his talking points from Fox & Friends—again.

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President Donald Trump pinned blame for Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Manhattan on New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, claiming the Senate minority leader’s support for a diversity visa lottery program allowed the suspect entry into the country. He also accused Democrats of being too soft on immigration. 

In tagging Fox & Friends at the end of his morning tweets on Wednesday, Trump appeared to acknowledge he was parroting an argument made on his favorite television show just moments before.

It has not been confirmed if the 29-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s attack, Sayfullo Saipov, was a recipient of the program cited in the president’s tweets. According to a description listed on the State Department’s website, the Diversity Visa program offers “countries with historically low rates of immigration” roughly 50,000 visas to the US. “The DVs are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year,” the website explains.

Schumer responded to Trump by accusing him of “politicizing” his home state’s tragedy, where eight people were killed and 11 injured after a man drove a truck into a bike line in Lower Manhattan.

“I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America,” Schumer said in a statement. “President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be focusing on the real solution—anti-terrorism funding—which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.”

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