Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday expressed his sorrow over the deadly explosions in Brussels and promised to acknowledge “radical Islamic terrorism” if elected president.
“Our hearts break for the men and women of Brussels this morning. Make no mistake — these terror attacks are no isolated incidents,” Cruz said in a statement on Facebook. “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.”
“Radical Islam is at war with us. For over seven years we have had a president who refuses to acknowledge this reality,” he continued in the statement. “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.”
As of Tuesday morning, Belgian media was reporting that more than 20 people were killed in explosions at the Brussels airport and in the city’s subway system.