Balance of Power: New York Attack Turns Spotlight to Trump’s Home Turf

Trump Bolsters Vetting in Wake of NYC Terror Attack

It's become an all-too familiar story across Europe: A motorist mows down pedestrians on a busy road in a major city.

That particular brand of terrorism made its way to U.S. shores yesterday, when a 29-year-old Uzbek man drove a rented pickup truck down a bike path in lower Manhattan.

At least eight people were killed and scores more injured in the attack, which brought renewed focus to President Donald Trump’s pledge to prevent dangerous individuals from entering the U.S.

“I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program,” Trump tweeted, without providing specifics. “Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”

For Trump, the incident diverts attention from the charges against former campaign officials brought as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

It also thrusts a top Trump domestic priority — cracking down on undocumented immigrants and strengthening screening of foreigners — back into the spotlight at a pivotal moment in his presidency.

Police secure the area after a suspected terrorist plowed a truck down a bicycle path in lower Manhattan.
Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg

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