Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from NY, is listed as a sponsor of the 1990 legislation that created the current visa lottery for "diversity immigrants" from countries that had historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. The legislation was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
But even after deleting her tweet, Khatami doubled down and said that the "point still stands".
According to the State Department, Saipov, a legal permanent US resident, immigrated from his native Uzbekistan in March 2010 through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, which is created to increase the number of immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the USA through a lottery system. The event spurred Trump to vow that he would end the Diversity Immigration Lottery program. "Diversity lottery, sounds nice, it's not nice, it's not good".
He called on Congress to draft up legislation formally unwinding the more than 20-year-old State Department program, which offers 50,000 visas every year to individuals from countries with historically low immigration rates to the US.
In an afternoon press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration now considers Saipov an "enemy combatant".
"We're so politically correct that we're afraid to do anything", he said.
"We also have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting now".
Trump called for "quicker and stronger" justice for terrorists. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Saipov should be held as an enemy combatant for intelligence gathering, the Post and Courier reports.
"Take him to Guantanamo", Mr McCain told reporters. "There is enough evidence to believe that he qualifies as an enemy combatant under the law of war", said Graham.
Sen Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, advocated treating him as an "enemy combatant", a designation that strips away due process protections like the right to challenge their imprisonment.
The military commission system at the off-shore prison has been often beset by legal challenges and delays.