How the Presidential Candidates Responded to the Istanbul Attack

June 28th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

Shortly after suicide bombers attacked the main international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday — killing at least 32 people, according to Agence France Presse — U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reacted to the reports.


Trump wrote on Twitter that he wondered whether "the world [will] ever realize what is going on," adding "[w]e must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States."

Clinton released a statement expressing sympathy for the victims of the attack.

"Terrorists have struck again in the heart of one of our NATO allies — and all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence," Clinton said in a statement. "Already, stories of heroism on the part of Turkish police are emerging, as their quick actions to confront the suspects may have prevented an even worse tragedy."

Clinton added:

"Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world. And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this treat. Such cooperation is essential to protecting the homeland and keeping our country safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the Turkish people.”

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