Brussels explosions: Donald Trump calls for tougher US border security, waterboarding
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called again for tougher US border security following Tuesday's deadly attacks on the Brussels airport, and repeated a pledge to bring back the controversial torture technique of waterboarding.
"We have to be very vigilant and careful about who we allow into our country," he told NBC's Today program, a day after he expressed skepticism about the US role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and said the United States should significantly cut spending on the defence alliance.
"As president ... I would be very, very tough on the borders, and I would be not allowing certain people to come into this country without absolute perfect documentation," he said.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2016
The business mogul-turned-political figure also said authorities "should be able to do whatever they have to do" to extract information from apparent terrorists.
"Waterboarding would be fine and if they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding," he said.
"You have to get the information and you have to get it rapidly," he said.
Trump demanded a crackdown on Muslims, including refugees from Syria, entering the US.
"What we're doing is we're allowing thousands and thousands of these people into our country. And we're going to have nothing but problems, as sure as you're sitting there."
President Obama looks and sounds so ridiculous making his speech in Cuba, especially in the shadows of Brussels. He is being treated badly!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2016
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Trump's idea for shutting the US border was unrealistic, and proposed torture was not an effective solution.
She pledged support for the US' allies in Europe, saying acts of terror "will not succeed".
"Today's attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world."
These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our way of life. They will never succeed. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 22, 2016
US President Barack Obama urged solidarity, speaking to media from Cuba.
"This is yet another reminder the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality, or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.
"The thoughts and the prayers of the American people are with the people in Belgium and we stand in solidarity with them."
Trump's main Republican challenger, Texas Senator Ted Cruz blamed the attacks on "radical Islam", calling it "the fruit of a failed immigration policy in Europe".
He agreed the US should re-examine its immigration policies, but added that it should not "withdraw from the world".