President Donald Trump unloaded on the “diversity” visa program that grants random foreign applicants green cards, and lashed the federal justice system for being too slow in criminal prosecutions. He discussed both and more in an interview with LifeZette founder Laura Ingraham on her new Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle.”
Trump had taken some criticism on Thursday for suggesting the alleged New York City terrorist, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, formerly of Uzbekistan, deserved the death penalty.
On Thursday night, he told "The Ingraham Angle" that Saipov's guilt is obvious.
"This guy would be tied up forever in the court system," Trump told Ingraham.
Saipov's request for an Islamic State flag in his hospital room apparently angered Trump, who said he wants terrorists to be run more quickly through the system.
"You look at some of the cases that are going on forever, and you have them dead to rights," Trump told Ingraham. "The justice system has to go quicker and it has to be, really, stronger and fairer."
Saipov, 29, won his green card as part of the federal Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Trump has called for the program, created as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, to be abolished.
On immigration, Trump said any deal on illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children could be tied with an end to "chain migration," the term used to describe citizens or permanent residents sponsoring members of their extended family to come to the U.S, who then sponsor members of their extended families. The practice has caused the number of foreign-born people in the United States to balloon. Trump wants to end it.
The president indicated to Ingraham that he would tie a compromise on chain migration to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Trump ended DACA, the Obama-era executive amnesty program for people brought to the U.S. as children, in early September, forcing Democrats to the table. The Obama executive order only allowed childhood arrivals to be temporarily forgiven, and their status is in peril.
Trump sees a way to codify DACA in legislation — while also getting more border security and an end to chain migration.
Now Trump sees a way to grant amnesty to DACA beneficiaries — while also getting more border security and an end to chain migration.
"I don't think any Republican would vote for anything having to do with leaving chain migration," said Trump. "Chain migration is a disaster for this country, and it's horrible."
In other news, the president blasted the so-called Trump dossier, the creation of which was kicked off when the Washington Free Beacon hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump. Republican billionaire Paul Singer was the money man who paid for it, through his funding of the Free Beacon, a news website edited by Matthew Continetti.
After Trump locked up enough GOP delegates in May 2016, Fusion GPS allegedly shopped its research to the Democrats. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee helped fund a new chapter of the dossier, one including the work of former British spy Christopher Steele.
Steele used third- and fourth-hand information from Russian sources to allege a number of tawdry Trump behaviors, including the charge that Russian President Vladimir Putin had made Trump his puppet.
"That dossier, which is totally fake and made up, is like a novel," Trump told Ingraham. "It's a disgrace and should not have been allowed to be used, and then I hear the kind of money they spent."
Ingraham noted that up to $9 million was spent on the dossier, whose dubious charges made it all the way to CIA and FBI sources, who included it in then-President Obama's presidential daily briefing during the transition earlier this year.
"I mean it's inconceivable, it's absolutely inconceivable," said Trump. "It's horrible."
Ingraham's full interview with Trump airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Fox News.