Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign on Tuesday clarified controversial comments suggesting surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods should be intensified following the deadly bombings on Brussels’ airport and subway.

Earlier in the day, the Texas senator said in a statement: “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

After facing criticism for the comments, the campaign said Tuesday afternoon that the candidate is trying to say that police should have “every tool available” to provide security.

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