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    NYC Attack: Blasio, Cuomo Blast Trump's 'Finger Pointing'

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    As US President Donald Trump ordered to tighten the refugee admission program following the recent terrorist attack in New York carried out by an Uzbek national, who came to the US in March 2010, his decision was met with criticism by the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and New York's mayor, Bill De Blasio.

    Trump's recent post on Twitter in which he promised to step up the US vetting program "tends to politicize the situation" and "plays into the hands of terrorists," Andrew Cuomo was quoted by The Guardian as saying.

    "You disrupt and divide and frighten people… the tone right now should be the exact opposite… the last thing it's about is politics period," Cuomo said.

    According to Cuomo, Trump's statements on Twitter "were not helpful."

    "I think they were not factual. I think they tended to point fingers and politicize the situation…. His tweet wasn't even accurate as far as I'm concerned," the official stated.

    In his turn, the mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, stressed that Trump's attempt to limit immigration to the United States amid a terrorist threat shouldn't be applied to groups of people based on their nationality or religious beliefs.

    "We support vetting of individuals… not of groups of people just because they belong to a group… not because of their religion, or not because of their country of origin," De Blasio said, cited by the newspaper.

    Later on, US President Donald Trump has also vowed to terminate the Diversity Immigration Lottery program. The suspect has reportedly been living in the US since 2010 through the Green Cards program.

    "We want to get rid of chain migration, and we've wanted to do that for a long time and I've been wanting to do that for a long time and we'll be asking Congress to start working on it immediately. We need to get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible, [Sayfullo Saipov] came in through the diversity program as you know," Trump said.

    Nine people were killed, and 11 injured, after a truck ploughed down pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday, November 1. The New York attack has been named the most lethal attack since 9/11.

    According to police, the attacker was Sayfullo Saipov from Uzbekistan. He arrived in the United States in March 2010 and reportedly worked as an Uber driver in New Jersey.

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