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Trump Blames Schumer Immigration Policy For NYC Terror Attack

In a series of tweets this morning following the awful scenes in downtown Manhattan yesterday afternoon, President Trump has laid the blame for the terrorist attack squarely at the feet of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty..."

The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

And then quoted Colonel Tony Shaffer...

"Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europes problems" said Col.Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

The timing of Trump's tweets are interesting as "Fox & Friends" earlier Wednesday morning aired a clip from Mark Levin's radio show in which the conservative host attacked the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, pointing to Schumer's sponsorship of the program.

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: We need to gut the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. A lottery program is no way to run an immigration system. pic.twitter.com/HsOafhY5Md

— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends)

As The Hill reports, ABC7 in New York reported that Saipov was allowed into the U.S. from Uzbekistan through the program. Various conservative commentators have seized on the report, and have laid blame on Schumer, who played an important role in the program's conception in the 1990s. The program offers visas to people from countries that have relatively few immigrants to the U.S..