Candidates Weigh In on Brussels Attack

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Written by 
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Terrorism overshadowed presidential campaigns again on Tuesday, as candidates gave their opinions on what must be done to stop ISIS.  Responding to the Terror Attack in Brussels and seizing the opportunity to look presidential, candidates’ comments focused on national security.  


Winning the Arizona primary Tuesday night, Trump called for the US to close its borders.  Clinton, who also won in Arizona, called Trump’s idea unrealistic.


“You tell me how high does the wall have to be to keep the Internet out,” she said, taking a jab at Trump’s idea to build a wall between the US and Mexico.


GOP Sen. Ted Cruz won in Utah while Sanders took Utah and Idaho on the Democratic side.  


In regard to the attacks, Cruz called for police to patrol neighborhoods of American Muslims.  “Today’s attack underscores the Republican need for a strong commander-in-chief,” he said.


Other candidates didn’t agree with Trump or Cruz.  “Because you happen to be of another religion and somehow you have evil intent is just irresponsible,” GOP candidate Gov. John Kasich said.  Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “That would be unconstitutional.  It would be wrong.”  


President Obama addressed the incident during his trip to Cuba.  


“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite,” he said.  Despite criticism from Cruz and other GOP leaders for attending a baseball game with his Cuban counterpart, the president made no apologies.


There were two explosions in Brussels, according to the New York Times.  At least one was caused by a suicide bomber, in the departure hall at Brussels Airport, killing 10 people early Tuesday morning.  


About an hour later, a second explosion occurred at the Maelbeek subway station in central Brussels, not far from the European Union, which killed about 20 people.  More than 230 others were wounded. 


At least 6 Americans were injured, including a group of Morman missionaries.  One of them, 19 year-old Mason Wells, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, shrapnel injures, as well as second- and third-degree burns on his face and hands. Ironically, he also survived terrorist attacks in Paris and bombing at the Boston Marathon.


Nearly 1,500 American students study in Brussels.


Currently, Trump is less than 500 delegates away from the 1,237 needed to get the Republican nomination.  Clinton is a little more than halfway toward her magic number of 2,383.




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