Stories

White House: We aren't "politicizing" Manhattan attack

Sanders calls on reporters during a briefing at the White House. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday President Trump did not take the "political route" after the Manhattan attack when he tweeted that the diversity visa program, which suspect Sayfullo Saipov used to enter the U.S., was a policy proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer. Trump "does not blame Senator Schumer," she added.

Trump has spoken with both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, per Sanders. Cuomo and de Blasio said they hadn't heard from the president as of 11am this morning.