I would like to thank our many Philippine friends who reached out to us in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol. Your heartfelt messages of support remind us that the friendship between our peoples remains strong.
Leaders across our political spectrum have condemned last week’s criminal behavior and called for accountability. As Secretary of State Pompeo stated, this type of lawlessness and destruction is unacceptable. But those persons’ actions do not define our country; our principles and our ideals do. On January 20, political power will transition peacefully, as it has for over two centuries.
Throughout that time, American democracy has repeatedly proven resilient and strong. With the support of steadfast friends like the Philippines, I am confident that will continue to be true.