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President Obama is being taken to task by some on social media for carrying on with his scheduled events in Cuba following the terror attacks in Brussels. 

Obama spoke briefly about the attacks - which killed at least 30 people at an airport and metro station - during a broader address about the new U.S.-Cuba relationship. 

At least nine Americans, including a U.S. service member and his family members, were injured in the blasts. 

“We will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible," Obama said in his remarks. 

The president's critics have seized on his lack of response, with Ted Cruz and John Kasich saying that he should head home or to Brussels immediately. 

Obama later moved on to an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana.

A moment of silence for the victims was observed before the game, but critics quickly slammed the president for doing the wave alongside President Raul Castro, a moment captured by ESPN's cameras.  


UPDATE 5:50 p.m.

The president explained his decision to go to the game this afternoon, speaking to ESPN at the stadium. He was asked if he considered not attending so he could focus on the response to the attack. He responded:

“It’s always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world, particularly in this age of 24/7 news coverage. You want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation, but the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives.”

Watch the full comments above.


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