“It shows that our democracy is resilient, it shows that our democracy is strong,” Thomas-Greenfield continued. “It shows that we can have these kinds of events and be transparent about them but also continue to thrive in a democracy that is functioning — not perfect, but functioning, and one that we can be proud of.”
The UN ambassador’s comments, nearly a week after her confirmation to the post, come as US officials continue to grapple with the aftermath of the attack on the nation’s capital and as the new administration works to vault America back onto the global stage.
“The relationship with Saudi Arabia is not going to be the same, it has changed significantly and President Biden has made clear that we will hold those people accountable,” she said, pushing back that critics’ assertion that the Biden administration was giving a murderer a pass was “not the case.”
When pressed on whether Biden was demonstrating sufficient accountability, Thomas-Greenfield noted that the administration had taken such actions after being in power for less than two months.
“Those actions have been taken in public and those actions will continue to be strengthened over the coming months,” she said. “I think that anyone that has any doubt that the president is not serious just needs to look at what he’s done in the short period of time that we’ve been in the administration and there’s more to come.”
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