Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Furious Schumer Rejects Trump’s Criticism After New York Terror Attack

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. accused President Donald Trump of “politicizing” the deadly attack in New York after Trump blamed Schumer for the immigration program that purportedly allowed in the attacker.

“I have always believed and continue to believe that immigration is good for America,” Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a statement on Wednesday. “President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be focusing on the real solution — anti-terrorism funding — which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.”

Trump had on Twitter on Wednesday morning repeated a report that Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbekistan citizen suspected in the attack that killed eight people in Lower Manhattan, had obtained a Green Card, or residency status, in 2010 through the so-called “Diversity Visa” lottery program.

Schumer helped author the lottery system when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1990s. Originally, it was tailored for potential Irish immigrants, but eventually expanded to other countries, including Israel. More recently, he has been a leading advocate of replacing the system with the merit-based system Trump apparently prefers.

In remarks Wednesday on the Senate floor, Schumer contrasted the president’s approach with George W. Bush after Sept. 11, 2001.

“President Trump, where is your leadership?” he asked.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.