Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy addressed the situation in Libya as he travels in China.
Gov. Dannel Malloy ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Connecticut until sunset on September 16 in honor of four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya yesterday, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens. This follows a proclamation by President Barack Obama earlier today.
“Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families, friends and colleagues of Ambassador Stevens and the American personnel who were killed in this brutal attack,” Malloy said in a statement. “We stand with the President and the rest of the country in condemning the perpetrators of this attack.”
“We know that the work to build nations and strengthen our global relationships is difficult and dangerous,” Malloy added.
Malloy issued this proclamation from Tianjin, China where he is concluding meetings at the World Economic Forum.
In a conference call with reporters earlier Wednesday, Malloy attempted to address the situation in Benghazi from China when his line was suddenly interrupted.
Asked by a reporter if he noticed “extra security” around American officials in China in light of the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Malloy replied that there “is a lot of security around” in Tianjin. Within seconds, his line was abruptly disconnected.
Reporters on the conference call overheard Malloy’s staff trying to reestablish the connection.
“I have a feeling someone might have heard that and blocked the call,” senior advisor Roy Occhiogrosso, currently in Connecticut, said. “I think that’s what may have happened. … we will see.”
Malloy’s spokesperson Andrew Doba added that the office did not know why the line was broken. Malloy rejoined the call with reporters a few minutes later and gave a brief answer to the original security question.
“The bottom line is, I don’t see increases as a result of the Libyan situation.”