Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has backpedaled on the idea of sending the suspect in this week's New York City terrorist attack to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, his sometime golf partner Lindsey Graham is wondering if he's gone soft.
The attorney general's visit to New York City was scheduled before a man used a rental truck on Tuesday to kill eight people on a bike path.
"SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!" the president tweeted.
"The prime minister and President Trump also discussed the need for an global approach to tackling poisonous terrorist ideology online".
The president however didn't seem to mind and reiterated his call again on Thursday morning.
But Mr Trump tweeted that the judicial process at the Cuban detention centre takes longer than the federal court system.
Trump added: "There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the frightful crime he committed. But when *you* say it, it makes it harder for DOJ to make that happen", tweeted Andrew McCarthy, the former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of NY.More news: Trump Condemns Vehicle Attack in New York That Killed Eight
Trump on Wednesday, in seemingly off-the-cuff responses to reporters, said he would consider sending Saipov to Guantanamo, a notion the White House later reinforced by saying it considered Saipov to be an "enemy combatant".
Federal prosecutors say in court papers that 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov asked to display the Islamic State group's flag in his hospital room.
The tweet was one of many from Trump since the attack in NY.
"We have to come up with punishment that's far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now", Trump said on Wednesday, adding that "what we have right now is a joke and a laughing stock".
After the attack, Trump wrote several tweets calling for tougher vetting processes of immigrants, in particular calling for an end to the State Department program known as the Diversity Visa Lottery. "We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems".
No one detained on U.S. soil has ever been sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, located on a USA military base in Cuba, and no suspected terrorists captured overseas have been transferred there since 2008.