President Donald Trump on Wednesday says that he would consider sending Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old man accused of killing 13 people this week by plowing his car into pedestrians, to the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
“I would certainly consider that,” the president said during a cabinet meeting. “Send him to Gitmo. I would certainly consider that, yes.”
Trump’s declaration that he would consider throwing Saipov into Guantanamo came as a response to a question by CBS News’ Major Garrett.
Saipov, the Uzbekistani national whom police say was behind Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Manhattan on Tuesday, is a green card holder who has legal protections that could make it difficult for the president to send him into a legal black hole at Guantanamo.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would be “fine” with prosecuting American citizens — not only green card holders — accused of terrorism at Guantanamo Bay.
As Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale points out, however, Trump will often say he is considering taking a drastic action without actually following through on it.
“That is obviously news, but Trump says he’ll consider like 94% of things someone asks him about,” Dale writes on Twitter.
That is obviously news, but Trump says he'll consider like 94% of things someone asks him about. https://t.co/nv0DUTdrII
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 1, 2017
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday urged Trump to treat Saipov as an enemy combatant and not as a traditional prisoner, which would strip him of several rights afforded to him as a U.S. green card holder.
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Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."