On Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama condemned the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, firmly stating there’s “no justification” for such violence. While he reaffirmed the U.S.-Libya relationship, the president promised to bring “to justice the killers.”
Obama spoke of the four Americans killed in the Libyan attacks, including ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. Lauding the work of American diplomats and civilians, Obama stated, “The U.S. condemns in the strongest possible terms this outrageous and shocking attack.”
In light of the events, he said the country increased security at diplomatic posts around the world. “Make no mistake,” Obama said, “we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”
Addressing the issue that spurred the attack, Obama said, “Since our founding, the U.S. has been a nation that respects our faith” — but “there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None.”
“The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts,” he added, noting that many have. And that the incident “will not break the bonds” between the U.S. and Libya.
The president offered condolences for those killed in the attacks, commending their work and saying their “legacy will live on.”
Obama’s statement below, via CNN: