White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to field questions about Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City during Wednesday’s news briefing.
Sanders will begin the White House briefing around 3 p.m. EST Wednesday. Watch live in the player above.
The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday afternoon that the suspect in the New York City truck attack entered the United States in 2010 under the diversity visa program.
That’s the immigration program that President Donald Trump is calling on Congress to eliminate “as soon as possible.” The president says the program is “not good,” and says the U.S. needs to “get much tougher.”
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program covers immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.
Senate Republicans are coming to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer’s defense after Mr. Trump tweeted that Democrats and Schumer were responsible for the program.
Schumer was part of a group of Republicans and Democrats who backed a comprehensive immigration bill in 2013 to end the program as part of a broader bipartisan bill to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.
GOP Sen. John McCain was part of that group. He said the bill would have eliminated the program and replaced it with a merit-based system.
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said of Trump criticism: “Probably not the best way to bring out the best in our country.”
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said of Trump’s hit on Schumer: “It’s not something I would do. We’ve all got different styles. It’s not the way I would handle it.”
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.