Why President Obama Attended A Baseball Game In Cuba On The Same Day As The Brussels Terror Attacks

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After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday morning, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz both capitalized on the tragedy to talk about banning Muslims from the United States and to criticize President Obama for going to a baseball game in Cuba on the same day. Both were of the opinion that Obama should come back to protect America or go to Brussels to show solidarity.

Now Obama has responded to Cruz’s criticisms. According to the Huffington Post, the president said during an ESPN interview (in the stands of Havana’s baseball stadium), that we shouldn’t let terrorists interfere with our daily lives:

“They cannot defeat America, they don’t produce anything, they don’t have a message that appeals to the vast majority of Muslims or the vast majority of people around the world,” Obama said on Tuesday. “What they can do is scare. And make people afraid. And disrupt our daily lives and divide us. And as long as we don’t allow that to happen, we’re going to be OK.”

The president had also made a statement on Tuesday, saying in part, “The thoughts and the prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium.” He also expressed solidarity with them.

(via Huffington Post)