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Clinton, Trump respond to Nice attack with messages of solidarity

By Eric DuVall
Clinton, Trump respond to Nice attack with messages of solidarity
Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton gives a speech by the closed down Trump Plaza on the Atlantic City boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ on July 6, 2016. Hillary Clinton after greeted people on strike outside of Trump Taj Mahal. On Tuesday F.B.I. director, James B. Comey recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responded with messages of solidarity in the wake of a terrorist attack in Nice, France, that killed dozens of people.

Republican Donald Trump canceled a planned press conference to unveil his vice presidential running mate Thursday night as the full scope of the horrific attack was becoming clear. With Friday spent off the campaign trail, Trump has just two days left if he wants to announce his choice before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland.

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It was widely reported Thursday that Trump has settled on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate.

"My prayers and condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy in Nice, France. We are with you in every way!" Trump tweeted Thursday night.

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Initially, Trump reacted on Twitter with a rhetorical question in response.

"Another horrible attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse," Trump tweeted.

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Clinton released a longer press statement, expressing similar remorse, and pledging the attacks would only strengthen the resolve of the United States' Western allies to defeat terrorism.

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"Once again it appears that terrorists have struck at one of our closest allies in Europe, attacking families celebrating the history and culture of their country on Bastille Day," Clinton said. "Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France, and we say with one voice: We will not be intimidated. We will never allow terrorists to undermine the egalitarian and democratic values that underpin our way of life. This cowardly attack only strengthens our commitment to out alliance and to defeating terrorism around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with all out friends in France."

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