'Radical Islam is at war with us'
The three Republican presidential candidates reacted to Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Belgium both by expressing their sorrow and by vowing to bring a tough approach to Islamic terrorism.
The attacks against a Brussels airport and metro station killed more than two dozen people.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas posted a statement on Facebook arguing that President Barack Obama was wrong to avoid using the term "radical Islamic terrorism."
Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning. Make no mistake — these terror attacks are no isolated incidents. They are just the latest in a string of coordinated attacks by radical Islamic terrorists perpetrated by those who are waging war against all who do not accept their extreme strain of Islam.
Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality. And the truth is, we can never hope to defeat this evil so long as we refuse to even name it. That ends on January 20, 2017, when I am sworn in as president. We will name our enemy — radical Islamic terrorism. And we will defeat it.
Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump did a series of morning-show interviews on Tuesday in which he addressed the attacks. Trump, who has vowed to bar foreign Muslims from entering the US, argued that the latest attacks in Europe showed that his hard-line approach was necessary.
On "Fox & Friends," Trump said:
We have to be smart in the United States when people come in. We're taking in people without real documentation, we don't know where they're coming from, we don't know ... who they are. You look at them from any standpoint. They could be ISIS. They could be ISIS-related. And we just don't learn. We don't learn.