The terror attacks have coincided with the G20 summit in Antalya, where Isis and how to defeat it would already have been top of the agenda.
Addressing the media, US president Barack Obama expressed dismay at the remarks from Bush and Cruz, among others.
When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians, but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who is fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful.
That’s not American. That’s not who we are. we don’t have religious tests to our compassion.
The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism, they are the most vulnerable. They are the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war and strife. They are parents, they are children, they are orphans.