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Furious Trump says Manhattan bomber should be stripped of his constitutional rights and bemoans the 'amazing' hospital care and 'outstanding lawyer' he will get

September 20, 2016 2:27 PM
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Donald Trump spoke to a crowd in Florida on Monday telling them that under U.S. law, bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami would receive 'amazing' care while hospitalized.

Trump claimed that Rahami would even 'get room service' while he is treated for gunshot wounds, which he received on Monday while being taken into custody.

He also lambasted the fact Rahami, an American citizen, will be represented by a lawyer when he is tried on attempted murder charges.

'Now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world,' Trump said in Fort Myers, Florida.

Trump continued by saying Rahami 'will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room, and he'll probably even have room service, knowing the way our country is.

Because Rahami is a U.S. citizen, he is afforded his constitutional right to due process as stated and guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.

Rahami faces five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two gun charges, authorities said Monday afternoon. Bail has been set at $5.2 million and he remains in hospital.

The 28-year-old was arrested around 11am on Monday, after a bar owner in Linden, New Jersey, found him passed out in the waterproofed lobby entrance to his business and called 911.

When police arrived on the scene, Rahami is said to have brandished a weapon and started shooting at the cops.

Officers shot Rahami in the right shoulder and leg, and he was taken from the scene in an ambulance, handcuffed to a stretcher.

Police released Rahami's picture Monday morning, saying he was wanted for questioning in connection to the Saturday bombings in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey, as well as the foiled bombing of the Elizabeth, New Jersey train station on Sunday.

Law enforcement say it was fingerprints left behind on an unexploded pressure cooker bomb in Manhattan that led them to him.

Twenty-nine people were injured when another bomb placed a few blocks away was detonated Saturday night.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham echoed Trump's sentiments and asked the Obama administration to suspend Rahami's constitutional rights.

If labeled an enemy combatant, Rahami would lose his rights to a lawyer.

However, on Tuesday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said all American citizens - Rahami included - should be regarded as innocent until proven guilty and allowed a fair trial.

I understand the anger that Donald Trump is feeling,' he told CNN. But, he continued, 'this is America, this is our system, and you are innocent until proven guilty and you have a right to counsel.

'And that is the Constitution of the United States of America. And that is what makes us who we are. That's what makes us special.

If that right is given up, he said, 'then you have defeated yourself. That is the code of democracy and freedom. That is what (terrorists) resent about us. So don't lose your soul in the process.

And on Monday Senator Elizabeth Warren bemoaned Trump's attitude to MSNBC.

'This is what we fight for. We fight for our Constitution. We fight for our basic humanity.

'And Donald Trump says "Let's throw all that out the window and let's do the maximum amount of fearmongering, let's do the maximum amount of turn each other against each other."

Trump met Monday night with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi at the United Nations General Assembly.

Trump promised El-Sissi that, were he to be elected, the United States would be 'a loyal friend' to Egypt, according to a readout of the meeting provided by the Republican's campaign.

The summary of the meeting makes no mention of whether Trump discussed his plan to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States.

Trump has also proposed banning immigration from countries affected by terrorism. It is not clear if Egypt is included on that list.


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