Trump Urges Death Penalty for Terrorist: ‘We're So Politically Correct We're Afraid to Do Anything’

By Susan Jones | November 2, 2017 | 6:41am EDT
President Donald Trump speaks before a Cabinet meeting on Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( – “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!” President Donald Trump tweeted late Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, at the start of a Cabinet meeting, President Trump was visibly angry as he discussed the terror attack in lower Manhattan.

The president called the 29-year-old terrorist an “animal.” He called for an immediate end to the diversity lottery program that brought the man into our country. He also called for an end to chain migration, where extended families follow a relative to the United States.


The president said he’d be glad to send the Uzbek terrorist to Gitmo, and he called the U.S justice system a joke:

We need strength. We need resolve. We have to stop it.

So we're going to get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible. He came in through the diversity program, as you know. And we're going to stop that. We're going to, as quickly as possible, get rid of chain migration and go to a merit-based system.

Terrorists are constantly seeking to strike our nation, and it will require the unflinching devotion to our law enforcement, homeland security and intelligence professionals to keep America safe. We will take all necessary steps to protect our people and our communities, and to protect our nation as a whole.

We have to get much tougher, we have to get much smarter, and we have to get much less politically correct. We're so politically correct that we're afraid to do anything. And that's not only our country, that's other countries too that are having very similar problems.

And we have to get tough. We have to get smart. We have to do what's right to protect our citizens. We will never waver in the defense of our beloved country. Ever. And we'll never, ever forget the beautiful lives that have been taken from us. That was a horrible event, and we have to stop it, and we have to stop it cold.

We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now. They'll go through court for years. At the end, they'll be -- who knows what happens.

We need quick justice, and we need strong justice, much quicker and much stronger than we have right now. Because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughingstock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place. And I think I can speak for plenty of other countries, too, that are in the same situation.

The president also complained about Democrat “obstructionists,” who “don’t want to do what’s right for our country.”

In response to a question, Trump said he would “certainly consider” sending the terrorist to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He also said it’s possible that members of the terrorist’s family also pose a threat to national security: “They certainly could. He did,” Trump said.

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