Trump Accused Of Dealing With Terrorists The Same Way Obama Did

President Trump “still follows the Obama playbook” on terrorism, Sen. Lindsey Graham declared Thursday.

According to The Hill, the South Carolina Republican was responding to Trump’s demand that the suspect in Tuesday’s New York City attack be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “I appreciate President Trump taking the gloves off when it comes to unleashing our military on ISIL,” Graham explained in a written statement, using an alternative acronym for the ISIS terrorist group. “However, I’m dumbfounded as to why the Trump administration still follows the Obama playbook when it comes to dealing with terror suspects. If there was ever a candidate to be held as an enemy combatant for intelligence-gathering purposes, it is Sayfullo Saipov — a self-declared ‘soldier of the caliphate.’”

The lawmaker continued: “If you show support for terrorism, commit an act of terrorism and say you are a terrorist, that should be enough to allow us to treat you as a terrorist. All the evidence points to the fact he should be characterized as an unlawful enemy combatant — not a common criminal. Mr. Saipov is an enemy combatant and should be held as such.”

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted: “Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system. There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!”

The previous day, the president described the justice system as a “joke” and a “laughing stock” because of its policies concerning terrorism. He called for “far quicker” prosecution of “animals” who commit violent acts, and urged authorities to be “tougher.” Trump told reporters: “They’ll go through court for years, and 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.”

Trump initially said he would “certainly consider” locking up Saipov in the U.S. prison in Guantanamo, a controversial facility that houses terrorism suspects for years without trials. However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later claimed the president was undecided about where to jail the man, whom she called an “enemy combatant.”

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday ruled out sending Saipov to Guantanamo and indicated that the suspect will face a civilian court rather than a military legal process. That night, Trump tweeted: “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!”

According to The Hill, some legal experts are worried that the president’s remarks will influence potential jurists in the trials of suspected terrorists. They cited former President Nixon’s effect on jurors during Charles Manson’s trial in 1970, when he said the defendant “was guilty, directly or indirectly, of eight murders without reason.” Nixon later seemed to be retracting the statement when he commented: “The last thing I would do is prejudice the legal rights of any person, in any circumstances.”

Source: The Hill
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