Donald Trump has ordered that increased vetting be carried out on people entering the country in the wake of the terror attack in New York.
A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”
The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck and shouting what witnesses said was “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” authorities said.
Officials identified the attacker as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov and said he came to the US legally from Uzbekistan in 2010. He has a Florida driver’s license but was reportedly living in New Jersey.
“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 tweeted.
He earlier called the attacker a “sick and deranged person”, adding: “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”
Mr Trump, who changed the banner on his Twitter account to the New York skyline, has pressed for a ban on travellers entering the United States from some predominantly Muslim countries.
Citizens of seven countries face new restrictions on entry to the US under a proclamation signed by the US President in September.
The new rules, which affect the citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, went into effect on October 18.