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Trump Falsely Blames Schumer For NYC Attack After Watching Fox News. Top GOP Sen. Fact-Checks Him

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Trump Falsely Blames Schumer For NYC Attack After Watching Fox News. Top GOP Sen. Fact-Checks Him

On Wednesday morning, President Trump attempted to politicize the truck attack in New York City that killed eight and injured 11 more by falsely pinning the blame on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday. “I want merit based.”

“We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems,” he wrote, citing Fox & Friends as his source. “We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).” He tagged the tweet “@foxandfriends.”

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) fired back at the president’s claim that Schumer allowed 29-year-old suspect Sayfullo Saipov to enter the country by reminding Trump that the 2013 “Gang of Eight” immigration reforms, written in part by Schumer, actually would have eliminated the program.

“Actually, the Gang of 8, including @SenSchumer, did away with the Diversity Visa Program as part of broader reforms. I know, I was there,” Flake tweeted at Trump in response. “In fact, had the Senate Gang of 8 bill passed the House, it would have ended the Visa Lottery Program AND increased merit based visas,” he added.

The Hill notes:

The “Gang of Eight” was a bipartisan group of senators who wrote a 2013 immigration reform bill that passed the Senate with support from every Democrat and many Republicans. The bill, however, never made it to President Obama’s desk as then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) didn’t bring the bill to a vote in the lower chamber.

Schumer responded to the president’s attack, tweeting: “I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy.”

The day after the largest mass shooting in modern American history in Las Vegas last month, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed it was too soon to talk gun policy.


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