International leaders “appalled” by Ottawa shooting
The Ottawa shooting has drawn strong reactions from world leaders, including Obama and Cameron.
The Ottawa shooting Wednesday morning has drawn in a lot of international attention and reactions from world leaders. American President Barack Obama was informed of the shootings and spoke to Prime Minister Stephan Harper on the phone. Obama offered any assistance Canada needs to respond to the attacks, according to the White House.
“I express on behalf of the American people, our condolences to the family and to the Canadian people as a whole,” Obama said at a conference, “It’s very important for us to recognize that when it comes to dealing with terrorist activity that Canada and the United States has to be entirely in sync. We have been in the past and I am confident we will continue to do so in the future.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest also expressed the American people’s solidarity with Canadians in a statement:
"Canada is one of the closest friends and allies of the United States. And from issues ranging from the strength of our NATO alliance, to the Ebola response, to dealing with ISIL, there's a strong partnership and friendship and alliance between the United States and Canada. The United States strongly values that relationship, and that relationship makes the citizens of this country safer.”
The events in Canada had an impact South of the border, raising concerns of what this incident could mean for the safety of Americans. Arlington National cemetery’s security was increased because of the shootings, CNN reported. The cemetery features a tomb of the unknown soldier that is also guarded by members of the military, much like the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
“Our two militaries share a common bond, forged in blood, that is dedicated to the defense of our common ideals, said Commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM Statement from Gen. Chuck Jacoby in a statement. “We share their grief, but also their determination not to be intimidated by these cowardly acts.”
Harper spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone about the shooting, the PM's office tweeted. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon also shared his concerns and said his thoughts are with the Canadian people and government in these difficult times.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to offer his support to Canada.
"I'm appalled by today's attack in Ottawa," he tweeted. He also mentioned he would support Harper "and the Canadian people as they deal with this incident."