President-elect Donald Trump has weighed in on the Nov. 28 Ohio State University attack, stating that the student of Somali origin who wounded 11 people should never have been in the U.S. in the first place.
On Nov. 28, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan drove his vehicle into a crowd on the OSU campus and the proceeded to attack bystanders with a butcher knife. He was gunned down by OSU police officer Alan Harujko on the scene, NBC News reports.
Artan and his family had left Somalia as refugees in 2007, living in Pakistan for a time before becoming a permanent legal resident in the U.S. in 2014. Shortly before committing his attack, Artan had posted an angry rant on his Facebook accusing the U.S. of interfering in Muslim countries.
On Nov. 30, President-elect Trump took to social media to note that the Islamic State group had taken credit for Artan's actions, CBS News reports.
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"ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country," Trump tweeted.
The off-the-cuff statement harkens back to Trump's proposed ban on refugees and travelers to the U.S. from Muslim countries. In June, the business mogul announced he would have the executive authority as president to impose such a ban.
"The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons," Trump on June 13 in a speech reacting to the Orlando nightclub shooting, according to CNBC.
"I will use this power to protect the American people," Trump added. "When I'm elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we fully understand how to end these threats."
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In August, Trump blasted the presence of Somali refugees being admitted into the state of Maine, the Portland Herald Press reports. The business mogul had asserted that the state's crime rate was rising because it was "a major destination for Somali refugees."
The remarks drew fierce criticism of Maine's Somali-American community, which accused Trump of stoking religious resentment and scapegoating them.
Law enforcement officials have found no direct ties between Artan and ISIS or Al Qaeda. The investigation found that the 18-year-old had been radicalized by online sources, but has not revealed any direct communication between him and terrorist organizations. ISIS has historically taken credit for lone wolf attacks that they did not coordinate to help bolster its recruitment propaganda.
Hassan Omar, president of the Somali Community Association of Ohio, has expressed dismay over what Artan's actions may mean for his community.
"This is a shock," Omar said, NBC News reports. "As a Somali community here, we are in a state of shock. In Columbus, we live in a very peaceful community. This is going to affect the life of everybody. We are American, and we don't want somebody to create this problem."