"I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!", the president said in a post to Twitter Tuesday night. "The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!" he added.
Republican leaders in Congress said the government should employ similar tactics to ensure that Tuesday's truck attack in New York City is not repeated.
Promising the country will "never ever forget the handsome lives that have been taken from us", Trump the next day told reporters, "we have to come up with punishment that is far quicker and far greater than these animals are getting right now".
"In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person", Trump said the tweet.
ISIS supporters have been praising the deadly truck rampage in NY which killed eight people yesterday as law enforcement sources revealed the suspect left behind handwritten notes pledging loyalty to the terror group.
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The president later said the we can't defeat ISIS overseas only to have them wreak havoc in the U.S.
"You'll have to contact the White House regarding the President's tweet", said Homeland Security acting press secretary Tyler Houlton.
Officials reported that the suspect drove a rented truck down onto the pavement and down a cycle path for several blocks, before crashing into a school bus and exiting the vehicle holding what was later identified as a pellet gun and a paintball gun. The note was hand-written in a foreign language, possibly Arabic, said one of the official.
However, following an attack in Las Vegas in October, in which 58 people were shot dead by Stephen Paddock, an American not associated with Islam, Trump took more than five hours to respond, and did so in a more subdued tone. After surgery, he is in critical condition.
First political blame from Trump: Follows up with tweets the morning of November 1, blaming Democratic New York Sen.