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Trump vowed to end the Diversity Visa Lottery Program after the NYC terror attack


Updated November 01, 2017 03:17 PM EDT

Updated November 01, 2017 12:45 PM EDT

President Trump on Wednesday vowed to get rid of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program after a terrorist attack the day before in New York City.

"Diversity lottery," he said in Washington, D.C. "It sounds nice, but it's not nice. We want a merit-based system where people come into our country based on merit."

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"We need to have strength," Trump added. "We need to have resolve. And we're going to get rid of this lottery program as quickly as possible."

Trump added that he would demand Congress immediately start working on the issue, before accusing Democrats of obstructing his agenda.

"Honestly, they don't want to do what's right for the country," he said. "Terrorists are constantly seeking to strike our nation. We will take all necessary steps to protect our country and our nation as a whole."

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Trump also suggested that America's legal system needed to work more quickly to punish convicted terrorists more harshly.

"We also have to come up with punishment that is far greater and far quicker than the punishment these animals are getting now," he said.

"We need quick justice and we need strong justice," Trump added. "It goes through courts for years. What we have right now is a joke and a laughingstock."

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Trump additionally said that political correctness was interfering with efforts to keep the U.S. safe from terrorist attacks like Tuesday's bloodshed.

"We have to get much less politically correct," he said. "We're so politically correct we're afraid to do anything. We will never waver in the defense of our beloved country, ever."

Trump noted, however, that his administration is making greater strides against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) than those by former President Barack Obama's.

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"They're being decimated," he said of ISIS. "This has never happened. We have done more to annihilate ISIS than eight years of the previous administration."

Trump then suggested he would consider sending suspected New York City attacker Sayfullo Saipov to Guantanamo Bay.

"I would certainly consider that, yes," he said. "Send him to Gitmo. I would consider that."

"They could," Trump added when asked if Saipov's family may pose a similar threat to the U.S. "They certainly could represent a threat."

"What we are demanding is merit-based immigration. We don't want lotteries where the wrong people get into the lottery. And then guess what? Who's the suckers who get him?"

Updated November 01, 2017 12:28 PM EDT

President Trump on Wednesday convened his Cabinet members for a meeting in the White House's Cabinet room in Washington, D.C., according to Politico.

Wednesday's meeting follows a terrorist attack that killed at least eight people and wounded at least 11 more in New York City Tuesday.

A flatbed truck drove onto the city's popular Hudson River Greenway bike path during the incident, striking pedestrians and leading to a police response.

A police officer on patrol then shot suspected attacker Sayfullo Saipov, 29, while the latter was wielding a pellet gun and a paintball gun.

Trump earlier Tuesday tweeted that the terrorist responsible for the bloodshed in New York City was a "sick and deranged person."

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