After ISIS claimed credit for an attack at Ohio State University on Monday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that the attacker “should not have been in our country.”
Abdul Razak Ali Artan, an 18-year-old Somali-born student who came to the US legally in 2014 as a refugee, drove into a group of pedestrians on OSU’s campus before using a butcher knife to stab people, officials have said.
Eleven people were sent to the hospital with injuries. A campus police officer killed Artan at the scene.
Amaq, ISIS’s unofficial news agency, released a statement on Tuesday saying ISIS was responsible for the attack.
“ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country,” Trump tweeted:Trump’s words echo his previous call for all undocumented refugees and migrants to be prevented from entering the US until a vetting system can be established.
The State Department has admitted that ISIS is smuggling terrorists into the US among refugees.
In addition, US intelligence officials have repeatedly warned that there are ‘gaping holes’ in the current vetting process, and that there is really no way to vet all refugees coming into the country from the Middle East.