The American people and the world look to the President in times of crisis. And since we are in the heat of the 2016 election, they are also looking to the candidates to see who is best suited to lead the country next after attacks like those on Tuesday in Brussels.
Bombs that exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations on Tuesday killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats.
President Obama was in the middle of his historic trip to Cuba, and before delivering prepared remarks to the people of Cuba, the President asked those in the audience to please “indulge” him and let him comment on the Brussels terrorist attacks.
“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium. We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people,” Obama expressed.
He continued to say “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.”
The candidates running for President seemed to take much more time to respond to the attacks through statements, tweets and interviews.
“I would have talked more about the battle against the civilized world, clearly I would be coming back home to gather the leaders, the heads of state, and put together teams of people to figure out why we have these vulnerabilities,” explained Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
Ted Cruz weighed in saying “today’s attacks in Brussels underscores that this is a war, this is not an isolated incident, this is not a lone wolf. This is a war with radical Islamic terrorism.”
Donald Trump chimed in as well saying “Look at Brussels, Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place, with zero crime and now it’s a disaster city, a total disaster.”
Bernie Sanders posted a tweet saying: We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels.
And Hillary Clinton tweeted: These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our way of life. They will never succeed.
Hillary also tweeted that she sends her thoughts and prayers to those affected, along with all of the people of Belgium.