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Donald Trump on Monday used Twitter to respond to news that authorities had captured a man wanted in connection to the bombings in New York and New Jersey over the weekend.
“Once again someone we were told is ok turns out to be a terrorist who wants to destroy our country & its people – how did he get thru system?” Trump posted after praising the police for capturing the suspect.
“Without them, we don’t have a country!” he wrote.
The man, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, was born in Afghanistan and is a naturalized US citizen, according to the FBI. He was not on any US terror watch list, officials said. A series of bombs found in New York and New Jersey attacks, some of which did not explode, left roughly 30 injured but did not kill anyone.
Trump last year called for indefinitely barring all Muslims from entering the US. Though he has shifted from that position slightly in recent months, he is still calling for a suspension on immigration from most countries with large Muslim populations.
The Republican presidential nominee later posted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s “weakness” while serving as secretary of state “emboldened terrorists all over the world.”
Clinton said earlier Monday that some of Trump’s statements had been used by terrorist organizations to boost recruitment.
“They are hoping and praying that Hillary Clinton becomes President – so that they can continue their savagery and murder,” Trump wrote in a longer Facebook post.