Trump again urges death penalty for NYC suspect

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Turning overtly to politics in the aftermath of the latest terror attack, President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the USA criminal justice system a "joke", demanded the cancellation of the green card lottery program that allowed the suspected New York City attacker to enter the country and said he would consider housing the suspect among alleged foreign terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.

Saipov appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair with his hands and feet shackled.

The complaint against Saipov listed two counts: provision of material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

Trump wrote on Twitter.

The president, asked by reporters on Wednesday if he would consider sending the suspect to the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center, said: "I certainly would consider that", adding: "Send him to Gitmo, I would certainly consider that, yes".

Saipov was arrested Tuesday after police said he drove a rented pickup truck into a pedestrian and bicycle path in Manhattan, mowing down dozens of people.

"In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person".

Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room". Authorities say Saipov was inspired by the Islamic State group when he veered into a city bike path in Manhattan on Tuesday, killing eight people.

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Separately, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was questioning people who might have information about his actions before the attack, including a second Uzbek man. Trump tweeted. "There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the disgusting crime he committed".

Trump has been quick to politicize the NY attack, blaming an immigration policy known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program for allowing Saipov into the United States.

"I promise you that how we treat Mr. Saipov in this judicial process will say a lot more about us than it will say about him", Patton said.

Prosecutors said Saipov had 90 videos and 3800 photos on one of his two mobile phones, many of them Islamic State-related pieces of propaganda, including images of prisoners being beheaded, shot or run over by a tank.

The fact that a note was left at the scene was significant, because it showed he was following their instructions to the letter, NYPD Intelligence and Counterterrorism head John Miller said Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

They were also interviewing acquaintances and family, including his wife, who according to a law enforcement official was cooperative and claimed she did not know about the attack beforehand.

"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Programme"..." It was deadliest attack that officials labeled terrorism in NY since 2001, when hijackers crashed two passenger planes into the World Trade Center, killing more than 2,600 people.

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.

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