"If a person is coming from a country which has a strong terrorist presence, there should be more intense vetting and investigation than there would be from someone not coming from a country similar to that," Congressman Peter King told CNN in an interview.
"Pakistan has a large terrorist presence. They have sent 800 people to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. In that case, there should be more vetting. How you define it is more than you do in the ordinary case," he said.
Igniting a political battle, Trump said the attacker Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who plowed a pickup truck down a crowded bike path near the World Trade Centre, was allowed to enter the US on a State Department programme known as the "Diversity Lottery Programme".
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