International leaders have given their responses to the Mar. 22 terror attacks that have rocked Brussels, the home of NATO. The remarks offered by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump show a clear difference between the two men and their approach to foreign crisis (video below).
On Mar. 22, Obama responded to the devastating explosions at an airport and metro station in Brussels, Belgium. At least 31 have been confirmed dead and hundreds were wounded in the attacks.
“The thoughts and the prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium,” Obama said from Havana, Cuba, where he is undertaking a diplomatic tour, Business Insider reports.
“And we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people,” the President continued. “We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally, Belgium, in bringing to justice those who are responsible.”
Obama had spoken on the phone with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel before delivering his speech, offering him his condolences and vow of support.
The President added that the recent terror attacks were “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.”
Meanwhile, Trump called the Fox News program “Fox & Friends” on Mar. 22 to say that the attack vindicated his campaign proposals.
“I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on,” Trump said, according to The Hill.
The business mogul was referring to his proposal to impose a travel ban on all Muslims trying to enter the U.S.
“We have to be very, very vigilant with who we let into this country … we don’t know who they are or where they’re from,” Trump continued. “We don’t learn. I will tell you I’ve been talking about this for a long time.”
The business mogul also called in to the Today Show that day, saying that, in his view, immigration had destroyed Belgium.
“Belgium is a total mess,” Trump said. “They’re just a city that used to be one of the finest and one of the most beautiful and one of the safest cities in the world."
"Belgium is no longer Belgium," he added. "Belgium is a horror show right now. This all happened frankly because there’s no assimilation.”
The attacks, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, occurred days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, the terrorist organization’s most high-profile operative in Europe. He was arrested in connection with the November 2015 Paris terror attacks, which killed 130 people, BBC noted.
During his Today Show interview, Trump called for using torture methods beyond waterboarding to extract information from the Abdeslam.
“Frankly, the waterboarding, if it was up to me … waterboarding would be fine,” the business mogul said. “If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from these people.”
However, in 2014, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's detention and interrogation programs, which included waterboarding, and they noted that the use of torture did not elicit actionable intelligence from suspected terrorists or help foil any terror plots against Americans, USA Today reported.