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Donald Trump calls Istanbul attack ‘so sad’

Donald Trump.
Donald Trump.Hilary Swift/The New York Times

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is again reacting to a deadly terrorist attack over Twitter. He called the explosions in Istanbul that killed at least 28 people “so sad” in a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon.

“Yet another terrorist attack, this time in Turkey. Will the world ever realize what’s going on?” Trump said in the tweet.

Authorities believe the attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport were carried out by suicide bombers. A Turkish official told the Associated Press that the attackers blew themselves up near an x-ray security checkpoint.

On Tuesday evening, Trump told rally attendees in St. Clairsville, Ohio, that ‘‘there’s something going on that’s really, really bad. We better get smart and we better get tough or we’re not going to have much of a country left.’’

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Trump’s campaign also released a statement earlier Tuesday saying, ‘‘We must take steps now to protect America from terrorists, and do everything in our power to improve our security to keep America safe.’’

Trump was criticized for tweeting that he appreciated the congratulations “for being right on radical Islamic terrorism” after the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month.

Hillary Clinton also released a statement Tuesday evening, saying that “all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.”


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.