Presidential Candidates React to France Terror Attack

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
July 15, 2016 Updated: July 15, 2016

Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton gave their reactions to the terror attack in Nice, France, on Twitter and in interviews with major news networks. 

First to react was Trump who tweeted out: “Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.”

He followed that up by announcing on Twitter that he was postponing his previously scheduled speech to announce his Vice Presidential pick in light of the attack, and sent out another tweet offering his condolences.

In a phone interview with the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, Trump said that the attack signaled a war and affirmed that he would ask Congress for a declaration of war against the ISIS terrorist group.

Clinton also called into “The O’Reilly Factor” and other news networks to condemn the attacks and called for a strengthening of intelligence gathering in collaboration with international organizations like NATO and a strengthening of ties with allies in the fight against ISIS.

“We have to stand with our allies and not abandon them and we need to strengthen our alliances, including with NATO, not undermine them,” Clinton said. 

She also proposed the “first ever international group” to deal with the threat of global terrorism by targeting countries where money and fighters come from. 

She posted a statement on Twitter condemning the attack and called for unity with the French people: “Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France.” 

Trump’s Vice Presidential choice, Mike Pence, who was originally going to be announced at a press conference on Friday until it got pushed back to Saturday, called the attack “a horrific reminder of the threat facing Western Civilization” on Twitter and added “This. Must. End.” 

Former Secretary of State Newt Gingrich said on Fox News to Sean Hannity that “western civilization is in a war,” and called for a test for every American with a Muslim background “and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.”

Sharia Law is the legal system that governs the Islamic faith, which Gingrich says is “incompatible with Western Civilization.”

After being criticized for those comments, Gingrich took to Twitter calling the reaction by the media a “distortion” and an “overreaction.”

Clinton’s rumored VP pick Tim Kaine—who yesterday campaigned with the presumptive Democratic nominee in his home state of Virginia—gave his condolences on his Twitter feed.