President Donald Trump is calling for the death penalty against New York City terrorist suspect Sayfullo Saipov.
Trump delivered a statement on Nov. 1 in response to the Oct. 31 New York City terror attack, which resulted in at least eight deaths, ABC News reported. In that statement, he called for tougher punishment against terrorists and stricter regulations on immigration.
"We have to come up with punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now," the president said, according to Vox. "They’ll go through court for years. At the end, they’ll be -- who knows what happens."
"We need quick justice, and we need strong justice," Trump continued. "Much quicker and much stronger than we have right now, because what we have right now is a joke, and it’s a laughing stock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place."
When asked if he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay, Trump said he "would certainly consider it."
"I believe we would consider this person to be an enemy combatant," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders added during a press briefing later that evening when questioned about Trump's comments regarding Guantanamo Bay.
Trump also said he wants to "terminate the diversity lottery program," which allowed Saipov to enter the U.S. from Uzbekistan seven years ago in 2010, according to ABC News. The president said he will be asking Congress to end the program and replace it with a "merit-based program."
Trump took to Twitter later that night to call for the death penalty against Saipov.
"NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room," the president tweeted. "He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!"
Trump returned to the social media platform the following morning to announce that he is no longer considering sending Saipov to Guantanamo Bay.
"Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system," Trump explained. "There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!"
Saipov appeared in court on Nov. 1 in a wheelchair, handcuffed and with his feet shackled. He was charged with committing violence and destruction of motor vehicles and providing material support to a terrorist group.
The terror suspect will appear in court again on Nov. 15.