President Trump on Wednesday blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for suspected NYC terrorist Sayfullo Saipov’s entry into the United States. “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” the president wrote on Twitter. Saipov is an Uzbekistan national who came to the U.S. in 2010 and reportedly lived in Florida for some time before moving to New Jersey. The 29-year-old allegedly drove a rented truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan for “nearly a mile,” killing eight people before being apprehended by police. “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter),” the president added moments after his initial tweet, tagging Fox & Friends, his favorite right-wing gabfest that had just discussed the visa program moments before. “[Saipov] came in through the diversity visa program, which, back in 1990, when the 1990 Immigration Act was going through Congress, turns out Chuck Schumer attached his bill, this diversity visa program to this,” host Steve Doocy said. Schumer later released a statement responding to the president: “I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America. 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.
"Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems" said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017