It has been a difficult few days for America.
We began this week in reflection, remembering the nearly 3,000 Americans who were lost on September 11th, 2001, those who courageously sacrificed their lives in the rescue attempts, and the brave men and women who continue to fight for our freedom abroad.
More than a decade later, their memory reminds us that even in the face of unspeakable evil, the American spirit is not weakened. We are a nation that remains devoted to the simple truth that freedom will always prevail over fear, and regardless of the challenges we face, America stands strong.
Sadly, we end this week with that resolve being challenged yet again. Just days ago, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods were killed as an extremist mob overtook the American embassy in Libya.
During their time in Libya, Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team served as devoted public servants and fitting embodiments of American ideals. They were not combatants; they were allies to the Libyan people, empowering their pursuit of democracy and offering insight into the transition for a better future. I join all Americans in mourning the loss of these four men and condemning the acts of senseless violence that cut their lives short.
The President has vowed to bring to justice those responsible and to "stand fast" against attacks on U.S. embassies. I join many of my colleagues in calling on host governments to ensure the safety of our diplomatic corps and standing by the President as we seek information about those responsible.
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