Republican Candidates Have 3 Very Different Responses to Brussels Terror Attacks

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The three Republican presidential candidates had three very different takes Tuesday morning on how the United States should respond to the terror attacks in Brussels.

Donald Trump appeared on Fox and Friends, where he again called to “close up our borders.”

“It’s going to get worse and worse because we are foolish, we are foolish,” Trump said. “We can’t allow these people, at this point, to come into the US.”

Ted Cruz repeated his campaign refrain to name and declare war on the enemy: “radical Islamic terrorists.”

Later Tuesday morning, Cruz held a press conference, where he escalated his response, calling for the United States to use its “full force and fury” against ISIS.

John Kasich struck a very different tone, calling to strengthen America’s alliances:

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