Both presumptive presidential nominees had strong reactions to Tuesday’s deadly attack in Istanbul, Turkey, demanding an end to terrorism.
“We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States,” Trump tweeted after news of the massacre broke. “Yet another terrorist attack, this time in Turkey. Will the world ever realize what is going on? So sad.”
Hillary Clinton also took to Twitter in response. “All Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence,” she wrote on Twitter.
Later Tuesday evening, Trump spoke at a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, telling supporters: ”There’s something going on that’s really, really bad. We better get smart and we better get tough or we’re not going to have much of a country left.”
His campaign also released a statement saying, ”We must take steps now to protect America from terrorists, and do everything in our power to improve our security to keep America safe,” the Boston Globe reported.
Clinton went on to express both her remorse at the loss of lives in Turkey and a commitment to end the spread of global violence.
“Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said. “And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat. Such cooperation is essential to protecting the homeland and keeping our country safe.”
Of the three bombers in the Istanbul airport attack, two of them were at the international terminal, and the third terrorist was in the nearby parking lot, a Turkish official told CNN. All three detonated suicide vests.
Located east of Istanbul, Ataturk is the 11th busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic.