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The US president, Donald Trump, said he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security to step up its “extreme vetting program” following a vehicle attack in New York on Tuesday that left eight people dead.

“I have just ordered homeland security to step up our already extreme vetting program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” Trump wrote on Twitter, hours after a man driving a pickup truck ploughed through a bike path in lower Manhattan, in what has been treated as an “act of terror”.

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