New York bombings: How they reacted

THE CANDIDATES


'I called it before the news'
Donald Trump
Republican presidential nominee

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo / AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo / AP

1 Trump boasted that he "predicted" the bombing in New York. "I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news," he told Fox News.

2 He called for police to begin racially profiling Muslims living in the United States.

3 He again called for all followers of Islam to be banned from the country

4 Trump claimed that the US under the leadership of President Barack Obama, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "coddled" extremists.

5 "These are sick evil people that want to destroy this country.

The way we coddle them and the way we are afraid to say anything."

6 He claimed that police forces "know who a lot of these people are", referring to individuals intending to carry out terror attacks, but that "they are afraid to do anything because they don't want to be accused of profiling".

7 Trump on Sunday declared that there had been a bomb in New York even before police had had a chance to confirm the fact.


'I know how to do this'
Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential nominee

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo / AP
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo / AP

1 Clinton scorned Trump's comments, warning that his rhetoric was only likely to drive more supporters' to the ranks of Isis.

2 She insinuated that Islamic militants, particularly those affiliated with Isis, want Trump to win the White House and are using some of his controversial proposals as a recruiting tool.

3 She said the country can deal with the attacks in "concert with our values. We're going after the bad guys and we're going to get them, but we're not going to go after an entire religion".

4 Clinton urged voters not to "get diverted and distracted by the kind of campaign rhetoric we hear from the other side".

5 She touted her national security credentials. "I'm the only candidate in this race whose been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield," she said. "I have sat at that table in the Situation Room. I know how to do this."

6 Clinton waited until law enforcement agencies held a press conference confirming that the explosion had been a bomb before making speaking about the incident on Sunday.

7 She told reporters that it was important to wait to learn the "facts" before passing comment on the event.


THE PRESIDENT AND KEY OFFICIALS

Barack Obama
US President

"They are trying to hurt innocent people, but they are also trying to inspire fear in all of us. So as we have to be vigilant and aggressive, we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure we don't succumb to that fear. And there is no better example of that than the people of New York and New Jersey."

Bill de Blasio
Mayor of New York City

"The initial indications are that this was an intentional act. Whatever the cause, whatever the intention here, New Yorkers will not be intimidated. We're not going to let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives."

Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York

"I want New Yorkers to be confident when they go back to work. The bottom line is whoever placed these bombs we will find and they will be brought to justice. You have the finest police agencies in the world when you come to New York. This is freedom, this is democracy and we will not allow them to take that from us".

- Daily Telegraph UK

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