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Brussels attacked: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and more politicians react

Politicians were quick to comment on Tuesday's deadly attacks on a Brussels airport and a train.

Presidential contender Donald Trump said he would close America's borders in the wake of the attacks, if elected, while Ted Cruz said he would name and defeat America's enemy, "radical Islamic terrorism."

See what politicians have said about the tragedy in Belgium.

Obama: World must unite to fight 'scourge of terrorism'

President Barack Obama addressed the Brussels attacks during
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President Barack Obama addressed the Brussels attacks during a speech in Cuba. He said that the U.S. will stand in solidarity with Belgium "in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people," and he called on the world to unite to fight "the scourge of terrorism."

"We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world," he said.

Trump: 'I would close up our borders'

Presidential candidate Donald Trump was quick to comment
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump was quick to comment on the Brussels attacks on TV and Twitter.

"I would close up our borders," he told Fox News. "We are lax and foolish."

On NBC's "Today" show, Trump said authorities "should be able to do whatever they have to do" to gain information and prevent future attacks. "Waterboarding would be fine," he said. "I would do a lot more than waterboarding."

He also remarked on Twitter, "Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!"

Clinton: Terrorists' 'campaign of hate and fear will not succeed'

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"Terrorists have once again struck at the heart of Europe, but their campaign of hate and fear will not succeed," presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement. "The people of Brussels, of Europe, and of the world will not be intimidated by these vicious killers. Today Americans stand in solidarity with our European allies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded, and all the people of Belgium. These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today's attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world."

Cruz: 'Radical Islam is at war with us'

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"Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning. Make no mistake -- these terror attacks are no isolated incidents. They are just the latest in a string of coordinated attacks by radical Islamic terrorists perpetrated by those who are waging war against all who do not accept their extreme strain of Islam," presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said in a statement posted on Facebook. "Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality. And the truth is, we can never hope to defeat this evil so long as we refuse to even name it. That ends on January 20, 2017, when I am sworn in as president. We will name our enemy -- radical Islamic terrorism. And we will defeat it."

Sanders: 'This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue'

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"We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels who were the target of another cowardly attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. We stand with our European allies to offer any necessary assistance in these difficult times," Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement. "Today's attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue."

Kasich: We must 'reject the use of deadly acts of terror'

Presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said
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Presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement that he's "sickened" by the Brussels attacks and said that his prayers are with the victims and their families.

"The wave of terror that has been unleashed in Europe and elsewhere around the world are attacks against our very way of life and against the democratic values upon which our political systems have been built," he said in a statement. "We and our allies must rededicate ourselves to these values of freedom and human rights. We must utterly reject the use of deadly acts of terror. We must also redouble our efforts with our allies to identify, root out and destroy the perpetrators of such acts of evil. We must strengthen our alliances as our way of life and the international system that has been built on our common values since the end of the Second World War comes under challenge from these and the other actors of evil."

De Blasio: 'We will not live in fear'

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"Sending strength to @CharlesMichel and the people of #Brussels. @NYPDnews on increased alert across NYC. We will not live in fear," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

Cuomo: 'When we are united, terror has never prevailed'

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"The senseless attacks that struck the people of Belgium earlier today have left us all stunned and heartbroken," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "These were acts of pure evil that have claimed the lives of people who were doing nothing more than going about their days. My heart grieves for all those who have been impacted, and as we learn more about these attacks, New York will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the international community against terrorism -- as the world has done for us in the past. And as we have seen time and again, when we are united, terror has never prevailed and never will. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium on this tragic day."

Schumer: 'Hate will not triumph'

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"We stand arm-in-arm and heart-to-heart with the people of Brussels in the face of this mindless, wanton violence. Hate will not triumph," New York Sen. Charles Schumer said on Twitter.


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