President Trump’s response to the attack Tuesday in New York City was in sharp contrast to what he did after the Las Vegas massacre.
It was one month ago Wednesday that a former accountant opened fire on a country music concert, killing 58 people.
In the days that followed, the president was clear it was not the time to discuss policy, CBS News’ chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reports.
“Well, we’re not going to talk about that today,” Mr. Trump had said during a news conference. “We won’t talk about that. We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
In contrast, within hours of Tuesday’s terror attack in lower Manhattan, the president was vowing “to step up our already extreme vetting program” and calling for an immigration overhaul.
“We’re going to get rid of this lottery program as soon as possible,” he said.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday it should not surprise anyone that the president is more focused on immigration.
“The president has been talking about extreme vetting and the need for that for purpose of protecting the citizens of this country since he was a candidate, long before he was president,” Sanders said.
But the conflicting reactions to two tragedies angered some Muslim-American leaders.
“Why the hypocrisy, why the double standards?” Hassan Shilby asked.
The reactions also angered some Las Vegas survivors, who were lobbying on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. They’re pushing for legislation banning the kind of devices that allowed Stephen Paddock to wound 500 people in a matter of minutes.
Source: CBS News