On Tuesday afternoon, a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, Sayfullo Saipov, allegedly drove a rental truck down a bicycle path in Lower Manhattan. Saipov said he was inspired to carry out the attack by the Islamic State.
Eight people — pedestrians and cyclists who were on the path — were killed and at least a dozen were injured before the driver left the vehicle with a paintball gun and pellet gun. A police officer then shot Saipov in the stomach; he's still alive.
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, President Trump responded by calling for policy changes, including ending the Diversity Visa Lottery program.
But are immigration policies the best way to combat terrorism? What other policy approaches fight terror, and what’s effective? Plus, how much power does a president himself have to end attacks in the United States?
On this week's episode of "Can He Do That?" White House reporter David Nakamura helps us answer this critical question: Can Trump keep us safe from terror attacks? Plus,we talk to an expert to learn how terrorist groups recruit and whether the United States can curb those efforts. With an author and professor, we examine the extent to which presidents have power to influence counterterrorism policy and prevent future attacks.
Listen to the full episode below.
Each week, “Can He Do That?” examines the powers and limitations of the American presidency, focusing on one area where President Trump is seemingly breaking precedent. We answer the critical questions about what today’s news means for the future of the highest office in the nation.
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