Brussels terrorist attacks: Presidential candidates respond
Last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium caused worldwide panic, and left the people of the United States anxiously waiting for a response from the five remaining presidential candidates. The statements made by each of the candidates was a strong reflection of their views for international relations and the fight against terrorism.
The initial response among all candidates was one of solidarity. Ted Cruz was quick to express himself, arranging a sidewalk press conference in Washington soon after the attack. Cruz pushed for heavy control and isolations of Muslim neighborhoods, calling them a “toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists.” His sympathy for the victims was addressed and then he hastily continued with a criticism of President Obama’s failure to acknowledge and take action against ISIS. Cruz advised Obama to “immediately halt [his] ill-advised plan to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslims refugees.” He was strongly against the President’s choice of residing in Cuba after the attacks, and John Kasich also agreed.
Kasich addressed Obama by stating that he should “return home immediately and get to work with our allies to respond with strength against the enemies of the West.” He supported strong efforts to respond with U.S. allies to destroy the acts of terror and to root out extremism.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump, responded with a strong anti-immigration policy with the implication of using torture.
Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton shared similar statements relating to their sympathy to the victims and their beliefs outlining a halt to terrorism.
“These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”
“We stand with our European allies to offer any necessary assistance in these difficult times. Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.”
Both were successful in mentioning their ideas of standing together with the U.S. allies and shared similar responses to strengthening and evolving an effort in the defeat of ISIS.
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