WASHINGTON – Foreign leaders and diplomats issued unusually stark statements condemning the pro-Trump riots that broke out in Washington and compelled the U.S. Congress to recess from the joint session that was scheduled to formally announce President-elect Joe Biden's victory in November's election.
President Donald Trump, throughout a rally earlier exterior the White House, had inspired hundreds of his supporters to march to the Capitol and protest the proceedings there. Trump returned to the White House after his speech and later instructed supporters in a tweeted video "you have to go home now."
"This was a fraudulent election … but you have to go home," Trump stated, telling protesters "We love you. You are very special," earlier than signing off.
In a collection of tweets Wednesday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to as the storming of the U.S. Capitol "unacceptable."
"Lawlessness and rioting — here or around the world — is always unacceptable," the nation's high diplomat wrote.
"Let us swiftly bring justice to the criminals who engaged in this rioting," Pompeo wrote, including "America is better than what we saw today."
The scenes of crowds storming into the U.S. Capitol shocked international powers around the globe.
An explosion brought on by a police munition is seen whereas supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump collect in entrance of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.Leah Millis | Reutes
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson described the unfolding protest in Washington as "disgraceful."
"The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power," Johnson wrote in a tweet.
"The world is watching! We hope for restoration of calm," wrote Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. He added that the photographs pouring out of Washington have been "shocking" and that the occasions have been "a deliberate assault on democracy."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau additionally expressed concern concerning the violent scenes and stated he was following the scenario "minute by minute."
"I think the American democratic institutions are strong, and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly," Trudeau instructed the News 1130 Vancouver radio station.
In a recorded assertion, French President Emmanuel Macron stated "what happened today in Washington, D.C., is not America, definitely."
"We believe in the strength of American democracy," he added.
"The violent acts against American institutions are a grave attack against democracy," wrote Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
"The American people's will and vote must be respected," he added.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as for the "orderly and peaceful transfer of power."
"The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests," he wrote.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez wrote that he was following the updates from Washington and that he was hopeful a Biden administration would find a way to unite Americans.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a tweet described the occasions as "an assault on democracy."
"President Trump and several members of Congress bear substantial responsibility for developments. The democratic election process must be respected," he added.
Similarily, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg wrote that Trump was answerable for stopping the violence in Washington.
"Scary pictures, and amazing that this is the United States," Solberg added.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg referred to as the violence "shocking" and urged Americans to respect the result of the November election, a name echoed by European Parliament President David Sassoli.
Sassoli, who oversees the lawmaking celebration of the European Union, wrote that the scenes from the U.S. Capitol have been "deeply concerning."
"Democratic votes must be respected. We are certain the U.S. will ensure that the rules of democracy are protected," added Sassoli.
Joseph Borrell Fontelles, the European Union's High Representative of the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, wrote in a pair of tweets that "American democracy tonight appears under siege."
"This is an unseen assault on U.S. democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America," he added.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, additionally wrote on Twitter, "I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. Joe Biden won the election."
"I look forward to working with him as the next President of the USA," she added.
"The US Congress is a temple of democracy," wrote President of the European Council Charles Michel in a tweet. "To witness tonight's scenes in #WashingtonDC is a shock," he added.
World leaders, just like the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, referred to as on Trump to acknowledge the incoming Biden administration so as to assist quell protests.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a press release warning Turkish residents within the United States to be cautious of additional violence.
"We believe that the U.S. will overcome this internal political crisis in a mature matter. We advise Turkish citizens in the U.S. to avoid crowded areas and places where protests are taking place," the assertion stated.
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