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Statement by Ambassador Joseph Mondello regarding unrest at U.S. Capitol Building
January 7, 2021

Port of Spain, January 07, 2021: On January 6, we watched with shock, sadness, and dismay the deadly scenes of unrest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C.  We saw individuals abuse their first amendment right to protest peacefully as afforded to them by our sacred U.S. Constitution, threatening to obstruct the certification of electoral votes, while putting elected officials, federal employees, Capitol building staff, and law enforcement in harm’s way. 

Thankfully, despite yesterday’s horrific events, the U.S. Congress and Vice President Pence dutifully fulfilled their constitutional responsibilities and certified the electoral votes to confirm that President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be the next President and Vice President of the United States.  It shows our determination to get democracy right and to achieve a more perfect union.  It shows our resolve to display the true essence of who we are as Americans.  We know that our democracy has been tested in the past, and it will be tested in the future.  Nevertheless, we should not be defined by these moments.  Instead, we should be defined by how we bounce back.  As so many of our friends, allies, and colleagues around the world have expressed in the wake of this incident, America is better than what we witnessed yesterday. 

We remain confident in, and fully supportive of, our work as the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago.  The values we espouse in the promotion of democracy, security, human rights, good governance, trade and investment, and health remain as true as ever.  Thank you to those who have supported us and sent their wishes of encouragement, resolve, and good faith in this difficult time. Brighter days are surely ahead.