Donald Trump says 'happy' NY truck attacker should get death penalty

  • Donald Trump says 'happy' NY truck attacker should get death penalty

Donald Trump says 'happy' NY truck attacker should get death penalty

Trump first tweet came hours after details emerged in a criminal complaint that the suspect allegedly told investigators he "felt good" about carrying out the attack, and also asked to display flags of the Islamic State terrorist group in his hospital room.

Speaking to the press Wednesday, the president called the justice system "a laughingstock" and said he would consider sending the suspect to Guantanamo Bay.

Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room".

Numerous legal analysts said that, given his position in the government, Trump should not be pre-judging the outcome of any trial; defense lawyers will no doubt seize on the president's comments to claim the trial can not be fair.

Saipov actively read ISIS propaganda, a review of his online accounts showed. "How we as a society treat Mr. Saipov will say more about us than it will about him". The FBI earlier had issued a wanted posted for Kadirov. A law enforcement official said Kadirov was a friend of Saipov's and may not have any role in the case.

But legal experts argue that Trump's public support for giving Saipov the death penalty may actually make that sentence harder to reach in court. Additional or different charges could be brought later in an indictment, Kim said. "And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place".

He noted over 500 defendants have been convicted of terrorism-related crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Of those killed on Tuesday, five were Argentine tourists, who were among a group of friends visiting NY to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, one was a Belgian citizen, one was a NY resident and one lived in New Jersey. The terrorist drove a truck on a bike lane hitting pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday, murdering eight people and injuring 12.

The deadly rampage ended after an NYPD officer shot the suspect in the abdomen.

Saipov appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair with his hands and feet shackled. A Russian interpreter translated for Saipov.

Saipov is being held without bail at a Manhattan federal lockup next to the courthouse.

It was not immediately clear if he would face further charges.

Trump had never committed to sending Saipov to Guantanamo.

Trump said he would lobby Congress to end the diversity lottery program, which allots around 50,000 visas annually to immigrants with a high-school education or work experience from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said police will be out in force to protect the city's marathon on Sunday, one of the world's top road races, which draws some 51,000 runners and 2.5 million spectators from around the globe.