President Donald Trump stood by his stinging rebuke of the U.S. justice system on Thursday, saying the judicial process has to “go quicker” and be “stronger” — a day after calling it “a laughingstock.”
Trump’s said the justice system is ill-equipped to respond to tragedies like Tuesday’s domestic terror attack in New York City and referenced suspect Sayfullo Saipov.
“This guy would be tied up forever in the court system,” the president said during an interview set to air Thursday night on Fox News.
Trump again railing against the diversity lottery visa program that brought Saipov legally to the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan. Trump also said a Saipov conviction could take too long to produce as things stand.
“You look at some of the cases that are going on forever and you have them dead to rights. No the justice system has to go quicker and it has to be, really, stronger and fairer,” Trump said.
During a White House Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump made similar, though more forceful comments decrying the U.S. justice system.
“We need quick justice and we need strong justice — much quicker and much stronger than we have right now. Because what we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughingstock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place,” the president told reporters.
Though Trump did not directly address referring to the judicial process as “a laughingstock” during his Thursday outing on Fox News, the comments were downplayed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Wednesday’s news briefing.
Trump, Sanders claimed, said,”the process has people calling us a joke and calling us a laughingstock.”
The president later waded into the pending criminal charges awaiting Saipov, calling for the suspected attacker to face capital punishment in a late-night tweet Wednesday.