“This is clearly an act of war and an attack on one of our Nato allies, and we should invoke Article 5 of the Nato agreement, and bring everyone together to put together a coalition to confront this challenge,” Senator Marco Rubio said on ABC.
He was joined by his Florida rival Jeb Bush, who also demanded the US lead a new war to “eradicate Isis from the face of the earth” and warned that screening of Muslim refugees from Syria was unlikely to be fully effective in preventing terrorist infiltration of the US.
[...]“We should focus our efforts as it relates to refugees on the Christians that are being slaughtered,” he added, suggesting that specific efforts should take place to determine individuals’ religion before refugees were admitted into the US.
More on US political reaction here.
Meanwhile, the governor of Michigan Rick Snyder is putting efforts to accept Syrian refugees on hold following the deadly attacks in Paris, until federal officials fully review security clearances and procedures.
Snyder has said though Michigan is “proud of our rich history of immigration”, the state’s “priority is protecting the safety of our residents.” Several Republican presidential candidates have criticized the Obama administration’s plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees and urge much greater scrutiny.