Trump: Suspect In Ohio State Attack ‘Should Not Have Been In Our Country’

AP

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning that the suspect in Monday’s attack at Ohio State University, a legal permanent resident of the United States, “should not have been in our country.”

Officials told NBC News on Monday that Abdul Razak Ali Artan was a legal permanent resident of the United States.

Artan was suspected of striking pedestrians with a motor vehicle Monday morning before exiting the vehicle and attacking other bystanders with a knife. The attack left 11 wounded before a police officer shot and killed Artan.

Trump previously blamed the United States’ “immigration system” for the Pulse nightclub shooting earlier this year in Orlando, Florida.

He suggested that Omar Mateen, the man suspected of killing 49 people in the attack on the LGBT nightclub, was born in Afghanistan before correcting himself. A day earlier, law enforcement officials had said that Mateen was born in New York.

Trump later conceded that Mateen was indeed born in the United States, but insisted that the suspect’s ideas were “born from someplace else.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Esme Cribb is social media editor for TPM in New York City. She graduated from City College, where she was editor-in-chief of The Campus, and has previously interned and written for MSF and Contently. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at esme@talkingpointsmemo.com
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK