ISTANBUL — The Obama administration condemned the terror in Turkey on Tuesday, and pointed to international institutions that bring the world together.
“Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest in a statement. “We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism. ”
At least 32 people died and 88 others wounded in a terror attack at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, according to a Turkish embassy official in Washington. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.
The presumptive presidential nominees also reacted to the attack, retrenching to familiar position, with Republican Donald Trump preaching toughness and Democrat Hillary Clinton calling for international cooperation.
“Folks there’s something going on that’s really, really bad. Alright? It’s bad. And we better get smart and we better get tough,” he said in Ohio on Tuesday evening. “Or were not gonna have much of a country left, OK?”
He deemed American enemies in a statement to be “brutal and ruthless and will do anything to murder those who do not bend to their will.”
“You know, you have to fight fire with fire,” Trump said as he described ISIS’s brutal tactics, including decapitating and burning prisoners alive. Trump reiterated that U.S. leadership is “weak” and “stupid” and that he is in favor of using waterboarding and “worse” torture methods on terror suspects.
Clinton took a different angle, saying the attack meant the nation “cannot retreat.”
“We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat,” she said in a statement. “Such cooperation is essential to protecting the homeland and keeping our country safe.”