The political reaction in the United States to the three explosions that ripped through the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday has been swift. CNN.com reported two explosions — including at least one suicide bomb — struck Brussels Airport in the early morning hours at about 8 a.m., and then another blast hit a subway station in the heart of the Belgian capital, seven miles away. The latest unconfirmed reports say that at least 34 people were killed in the attacks and 230 wounded, according to the Belgian government’s crisis center. Reaction to the attack from the leading presidential candidates came quickly as Secretary Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate strongly stated, “Americans stand in solidarity with our European allies.” Hillary Clinton added, “Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”
“We’ve got to be absolutely strong and smart and steady in how we respond,” said Hillary Clinton.
On the other hand, Donald J. Trump had no plan or proposal for fighting I.S.I.S., but went to his weak and vague fallback argument of intensifying “torture” and “waterboarding.” Trump also reiterated his call for a moratorium on foreign Muslim immigrants entering the United States. Again with his branded vague response and innuendo that has marked his campaign, Trump said on Fox News, “This is a story that seems happening more and more.” He described Brussels, even before the attacks, as “an armed camp,” although he did not elaborate on what he was referring to and wasn’t pressed.
President Obama on the last day of his trip to Cuba addressed the people of the island nation. He commented on the tragedy in Brussels.
We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally, Belgium, in bringing to justice those who are responsible. And this is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can — and will — defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.
Airports and subways across Europe have tightened security. Brussels is on lockdown and airports in London, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, and many others places in Europe, also beefed up security, according to NPR. “A suicide attacker struck around 8 a.m. local time, according to a federal prosecutor. The explosions hit near the departure gates, collapsing ceiling panels and shattering glass windows. The blasts sent smoke billowing from the airport and set off a panic as people ran from the airport with whatever they could carry.”
Jef Versele, from the Belgian city of Ghent, shared his photos on his Facebook page. Versele told CNN.com, that he was “Making his way to check-in for a flight to Rome at Brussels Airport Tuesday morning when he heard a loud noise emanating from several floors below him. Versele added, “At first I was not aware that it was a bomb. I had the idea that an accident had happened in a food court or something like that.”
He said that the explosion set off a panic, with people screaming and running through the terminal, before it was followed by a second explosion, “which was in my eyes much more powerful than the first one.”