The Latest: Trump again urges death penalty for NYC suspect
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the suspect in the New York City truck attack (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he’d love to send the suspect in New York City’s deadly truck attack to Guantanamo Bay. But Trump tweets that the judicial process at the Cuban detention center takes longer than the federal court system.
Trump tweeted again Thursday, hours after saying Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf) should get the death penalty.
The president doubled down on his earlier tweet, typing, “Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”
The president had said Wednesday he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay. But that avenue appeared closed after prosecutors brought terrorism charges against the Uzbek immigrant in federal court in New York on Wednesday.
Trump tweeted Thursday that there is “also something appropriate” about keeping Saipov “in the home of the horrible crime he committed.”
President Donald Trump says the suspect in the New York City truck attack that killed eight people “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”
Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”
Federal prosecutors say in court papers that 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf) asked to display the Islamic State group’s flag in his hospital room. Authorities say the Uzbek immigrant said “he felt good about what he had done.”
Prosecutors have brought terrorism charges against the Saipov. They say the Islamic State group’s online calls to action spurred Saipov to launch the attack in lower Manhattan on Halloween.