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In Wake Of Nice Attack, Cruz Says Europe 'Under Siege'

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Sen Ted Cruz of TexasSen Ted Cruz of Texas

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who sought the Republican presidential nomination, said Europe is under siege following the terrorist attack July 14 in Nice, France.

A statement posted by Cruz on Facebook reads:

Tonight, our close ally France is reeling from yet another major attack apparently carried out by radical Islamic terrorists.

Let us make no mistake about it: Europe is under siege. We must redouble our attacks on the ISIS strongholds in Iraq and Syria, but we cannot deceive ourselves that we can isolate ISIS and related terrorist groups in the Middle East. Thanks to a lack of decisive action, that opportunity has passed. As America has focused on limited regional air strikes, ISIS has been playing a longer game. They have used the last two years to establish a network of militants around the world from France to Bangladesh who are now coming to life. They may be in the United States as well.

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We have to remove the blinders and recognize this for what it is: radical Islamic terrorism.

Cruz added that he wants the United States to stop radicalized individuals from entering the country and have law enforcement target them, "whether imported or homegrown."

“After seven and a half years of the Obama administration denying this danger, it is getting worse, not better," Cruz wrote. "Willful blindness is not a policy."

Donald Trump, who has presumptively secured the Republican presidential nomination, also commented on the attack.

“Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France," Trump tweeted. "Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse."

He followed up that tweet with another which said he would postpone announcing his vice presidential pick on July 15 because of the horrible attack.

At least 84 people were killed and many others injured in the Nice terrorist attack, NBC News reports.

The attacker, 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French citizen of Tunisian descent, was killed by police at the scene after he drove his truck through crowds of people.

President of France Francois Hollande said the country was “facing a long battle" and that the attack was intended “to satisfy the cruelty of an individual, and maybe a group.”

The attack has not yet been claimed by any terrorist organization.

Sources: Ted Cruz/Facebook, Donald Trump/Twitter (2), NBC News / Photo Credit: Jamelle Bouie/Flickr

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