President Obama said Tuesday the United States “stands in solidarity” with the people of Belgium and will do “whatever is necessary” to bring the attackers behind the Brussels bombings to justice.
“We can and we must defeat those who threaten the safety and security of the people in the world,” Obama said before delivering from Havana a prepared televised address to the Cuban people.
He added that the attacks are another reminder that the world “must unite” against the “scourge of terrorism.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized Obama’s trip to Cuba in the wake of the attacks, calling the trip “ironic” and a waste of time.
Obama was briefed Tuesday morning on the explosions at the Brussels airport and subway system that claimed the lives of 31 people and left more than 180 injured. The president spoke with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel to offer his condolences.